Ghana U20 – Iraq U20 13.07.2013
Bronze medal will be at stake when Ghana and Iraq U20 sides take on each other on Saturday.
This should be a very interesting clash, but the Africans are considered favourites to clinch the third place.
Ghana were on the verge of extra time in the semi-final clash against France, but the Ghanaians conceded a late goal, meaning that the team are now hoping for a third-place finish at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey. The Black Stars missed several great opportunities to take the lead against France and I believe that they will produce yet another promising performance when they square off against Iraq on Saturday. A man to watch in the African side once more will be Assifuah, who is the top scorer of the tournament. The striker has already netted five goals at the World Cup in Turkey and he is eager to continue his brilliant goal-scoring run. Ghana are yet to face Asian side at the tournament, and it remains to be seen if they are capable of defeating Iraq. Ghana will surely adopt yet another attack-minded approach, therefore, I will put my money on the Black Stars, who have raised their form of late.
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Iraq were on the verge of huge surprise in the World Cup semi-final against Uruguay, with the Iraqis leading 1:0, just two minutes before the final whistle. Nevertheless, a substitute Bueno score the equalizing goal for La Celeste, and the game went to extra time. There were no goals in additional thirty minutes and the finalist had to be decided after penalty shootout. Saif Salman missed the decisive penalty kick and Uruguay emerged triumphant. Now it remains to be seen if the Iraqis are capable of forgetting this unlucky defeat in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Iraq have produced some good displays at the tournament, but the lack of confidence should prove to be their biggest problem in the clash against Ghana. Iraq are unlikely to win the bronze medal at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.