South Africa exit U20 World Cup

South Africa exit U20 World Cup
epa05985883 Goalkeeper Andrea Zaccagno (C, bottom) of Italy makes a save during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between South Africa and Italy in Suwon, South Korea, 24 May 2017. EPA/KIM HEE-CHUL

by Brian Lee

Saturday May 27, 2017. 15:24

South Africa finished bottom of Group D in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup after playing to a 0-0 draw against Uruguay at the Sungui Arena Park in Incheon on Saturday.

Consequently, South Africa exit the tournament after losses to Japan (2-1) and Italy (2-0) and the draw against Uruguay.

The draw sees Uruguay finish to of the group with seven points followed by Italy in second on four points and Japan in third, also on four points but with an inferior goal difference to the European side.

Uruguay controlled the first half at the Sungui Arena Park and created the first chance on goal in the tenth minute, but Augustin Canaobbio headed inches over after meeting a pin-point cross from the right.

In the 35th minute Uruguay went close again when Nicolas Schiappacasse met a cross from Federico Valverde, but his header also went narrowly wide.

The half ended 0-0.

South Africa started the second half much better and came close to taking the lead in the 50th minute when a free-kick from Luther Singh struck the woodwork.

However, as the half progressed Uruguay took control of the game once more and should have scored in the 73rd minute when Nicolas Schiappacasse was played through on goal, but failed to score with just the keeper to beat.

Both sides threw players forward in search of a winner in the dying minutes of the match, but neither could find the back of the net.

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