Uruguay progressed to the semi-finals of the Fifa U20 World Cup after recording a 2-0 victory against the USA at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades on Monday.
Anderson Duarte put Uruguay ahead in the 21st minute and they sealed the game in the 56th minute when USA defender Joshua Wynder turned the ball into his own net while under pressure to clear a danger.
The South Americans, who dominated proceedings from the onset, opened the scoring after a counter-attack put Duarte in front of an empty goal and he tapped the ball home. The Uruguayans then doubled their lead through an own goal by Wynder.
Uruguay will take on Israel on Thursday in the last four at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, the same day South Korea will face Italy for a place in the final. South Korea qualified for the semis after defeating African representatives Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 1-0 in the other quarter-final clash.
South Korea scored the only goal of their match in the fifth minute of extra time. The header by Seok-Hyun Choi was one of the few chances either team had during the encounter.
Despite losing to Uruguay, the USA ended their journey without conceding any goals in their first four matches in the tournament.