Day three U21 WC: We saw the penalty kicks twice
Prague - One South American and three European teams have passed to the semi-finals of the first World Minifootball Championship of Under-21 players. In Sunday's semi-finals which take place in Prague's sports hall Jedenáctka, Czech national team will play against Italy and Slovakia against Colombia.
The Czech team eliminated Hungary after a huge drama that culminated in a penalty shoot-out. In the regular game time, Adam Širůček twice scored a leading goal, the Hungarians always equalized. Their second goal was scored in the very last minute. However, the home team was more successful in the penalty kicks. While the first Hungarian shot was high above the goal and the second ended on the goal post, Daniel Kasal and after him, Břetislav Tvrzník scored safely.
An immediate Czech joy could burst then. "It's an incredible feeling to know that we're going to the semi-finals thanks to the two goals I scored. We didn´t have many chances to score goals in the match and I appreciate the fact that anything I kicked in, turned into a goal. I only had two or three shots on the goal during the whole game", said Širůček.
The home team will stand up against Italy in the semi-final Sunday afternoon. Italians defeated Senegal in another penalty drama. In normal playing time, Italy survived the pressure of the African team and the spectators did not see a goal on either side. While two Senegalese did not convert the penalty kick, only one player failed on the Italian side. Italy finally beat Senegal 7: 6.
Russia's match with Colombia has also offered an attractive quarter-final duel. The South American team soon got in the lead by two goals but the Russians also scored a goal before the break. However, they did not manage to equalize did not manage and Colombia raised their lead to a final score of 4:2.
In the opening Sunday semi-final game from 10 a.m. Colombia will play against Slovakia which defeated England in the quarter-finals. The Islanders were sent to the lead by the twelve-pointer best striker of the tournament Henry Limpitshi Bongwang but Slovakia managed to score two goals before the halftime. In the second half, we could watch their 6:4 win.
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