VIDEO: Arsenal’s Fran Merida at the double as Spain see off Nigeria in the U20 World Cup; Venezuela smack eight past Tahiti

Nigeria 0 – Spain 2 (Under-20 World Cup, September 28, 2009) Arsenal starlet Fran Merida got both goals as Spain recorded their second win in Egypt. The first from Merida was a fine chipped lob over the keeper just after the half hour. Seven minutes from time Merida scored a controlled chipped penalty to seal the win and claim his third goal in two games.

Tahiti 0 – Venezuela 8 (Under-20 World Cup, September 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Jose Rondon and Yonathan Del Valle each scored a hat-trick as Tahiti, which has conceded 16 goals in two games, played for more than a half with nine players.

Egypt 1 – Paraguay 2 (Under-20 World Cup, September 28, 2009) Ten-man Paraguay snatched a late winner to stun hosts Egypt in stoppage time, Aldo Paniagua producing a sublime volley in the fourth minute of added time to deny the home side.

Italy 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 1 (Under-20 World Cup, September 28, 2009) Michelangelo Albertazzi headed the Italians into the lead, poor defending allowed Clarence Juma to equalise before Silvao Raggio fired home the winner.

Brazil 5 – Costa Rica 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 27, 2009) Kardec headed home from a corner in the 24th minute and Giuliano followed up with an expert lob over Costa Rica goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado to make it 2-0. Kardec got his second in the 44th, pouncing on a loose ball in the goalmouth following Giuliano’s free-kick. Alex Teixeira tapped home Brazil’s fourth in the 75th minute after Douglas slipped through the defense and struck the post with his shot. Substitute Boquita completed the rout with a blistering shot past Alvarado in the 89th.

Czech Republic 2 – Australia 1 (Under-20 World Cup, September 27, 2009) Michael Rabusic headed the opening goal in the 50th minute and Pekhart added the second with a penalty one minute before the end of regular time, after Ryan McGowan was sent off for a foul on Petr Wojnar. Australian captain James Holland got a consolation penalty at the death.

UAE 2 – South Africa 2 (Under-20 World Cup, September 27, 2009) The South Africans had appeared headed for an easy win after Kermit Erasmus scored twice in the second half, but they were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Ramahlwe Mphahlele was sent off for a foul on Ahmed Ali. Hamdan Al Kamali scored a penalty one minute after regular time ended and Theyab Awana added the equaliser two minutes later, firing in a cross from Ali.

Honduras 3 – Hungary 0 (Under-20 World Cup, September 27, 2009)