U20 World Cup: Ghana see off Hungary & Brazil squeeze past Costa Rica; Goals from the European U21 Championship qualifiers

Ghana 3 – Hungary 2 (U20 World Cup semi-final, October 13, 2009) Ghana took a two-goal lead into the break thanks to a brace from the tournament’s top goal scorer Dominic Adiyiah (both goals here.) With seventeen minutes to go Hungary pulled one back through Marko Futacs but Ghana sealed their place in the final with a third shortly after from Aneiku Quansah. Hungary’s consolation second was scored by Adam Balajti.

Brazil 1 – Costa Rica 0 (U20 World Cup semi-final, October 13, 2009) The only goal of the game came midway throuh the second half with Alan Kardec slamming the ball home at the back post from a tight angle.

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Poland 0 – Holland 4 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) After Newcastle keeper Tim Krul had saved an early penalty, Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored a hat-trick, the goal of the game though belonged to Nicky Kuiper who scored a fine second.

Greece 1 – Lithuania 0 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) PAOK forward Vasilios Koutsianikoulis craned his neck back to direct a clever header into the far post 11 minutes from time.

Romania 3 – Faroes Islands 0 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) Eric Bicfalvi opened the scoring after five minutes with a 30-yard drive, Liviu Ganea fired in number two on 38 minutes following a nice one-two in the build up, while Ganea teed up Andrei Ionescu to add the third 13 minutes after the restart.

Macedonia 1 – Portugal 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) Portugal substitute Adrien Silva struck a 90th-minute equaliser to deny ten-man Macedonia a first win in qualifying.

Croatia 3 – Serbia 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) (First-half highlights here and second half highlights here.) Mirko Oremus scored one, created another for Andrej Kramaric before being sent off for Croatia. The visitors halved the deficit in the 69th minute, Adem Ljajic teed up Nemanja Tomic only for Kreso Ljubicic to put the game out of sight with number three.

Italy 1 – Bosnia Herzegovina 1 (European U21 Championship qualifiers, October 13, 2009) The Azzurrini started well and took the lead after eight minutes when Guido Marilungo gave a lovely pass from midfielder Andrea Poli the finish it deserved. It looked like the start of a routine victory for the visitors but the Bosnians had not read the script and equalised with 30 minutes played when Josip Coric curled in from just inside the penalty area.

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Vasco 4 – Vila Nova 1 (Brazil Serie B, October 13, 2009) The opener from Nilton was a golaco overkead kick from a corner. This win leaves Vasco in second, two points off top spot.

Guarani 2 – Duque de Caixas 1 (Brazil Serie B, October 13, 2009)

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FC Dallas 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 1 (MLS, October 10, 2009)

New England Revolution 0 – Columbus Crew 1 (MLS, October 10, 2009)