Uruguay beats Gambia, one of the revelations of the Under-20 World Cup in the group stage, 1-0. With a fine goal from Anderson Duarte, the Uruguayan team entered the top eight of the competition and will be rivals of United States of Americaone of the teams that has shown a high level so far.
Coarse. There is no better word to define the match between Uruguay and Gambia. To begin with, there was one dismissal from each side and both in the first half. This data gives a preview of how the meeting was experienced.
The African national team reached the round of 16 on a high note, having progressed first in the group shared with France, South Korea and Honduras. On the other hand, the Celeste team was second in their area.
On paper, the game had reason to be interesting. From a footballing point of view, perhaps, he left a bit to be desired. But what cannot be denied is that they gave their all to make it into the top eight of the competition. The protagonist was the VAR, who intervened on two occasions by having one player from each team sent off.
15 minutes into the first half, Mansour Mbye got into Juan Santos very hard and saw direct red. Although The Gambia did not feel the man was inferior, by the end of the first stage the process was completely balanced.
Luciano Rodríguez failed to keep calm and was also sent off. Initially the foul was in his favor due to a clear catch in midfield, but a childish elbow sent him to the dressing room two minutes before François Letexier, the match referee, signaled the end of the first phase.
With the second half underway, Uruguay seemed to welcome his ideas and found a way around the game. They began attacking on the right flank and wounded the African squad, which appeared overwhelmed and failed to fill this gap.
The goal came at the feet of Anderson Duarte, who left Gambia goalkeeper Pa Ebou Dampha with a spectacular shot from outside the box. In his celebration, embraced by all his companions, he was able to see his excitement for the conquest.
After the opening of the scorer, the development of the game took on a different logic. The Gambia was desperate, but it was not clear and did not create danger. Uruguay organized themselves, protected themselves and from the bench, Marcelo Broli made the changes that provided the necessary freshness to face the final minutes.
Of note is the performance of Sebastián Boselli, central defender of Defensor Sporting in relation to a possible move to River. He dismissed everything that happened near him and contributed a lot timing and security in the background.
The gap in the standings could have been extended, but the Uruguayans weren’t doing well. In this way Uruguay have taken a step forward, eliminated the revelation of the tournament and will now face the United States with the intention of being able to give a blow.
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