Uruguay won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time after defeating Italy 1-0. The Celeste’s triumph puts an end to a run of four straight victories by European teams in the competition.
After dominating Italy throughout the whole game, Luciano Rodrguez scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute with a close-range header to give Uruguay a well-deserved victory.
The Diego Maradona Stadium hosted more than 40,000 spectators, the majority of whom supported Uruguay. Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, was also present.
Only three goals were allowed by Uruguay’s reliable defence throughout the tournament, all of which came against England in the group stage.
The South American squad had excellent opportunities to start the scoring much earlier, including a free kick taken by Rodrguez, two long range efforts by captain Fabricio Dáz, and a header by Anderson Duarte that necessitated one of the finest stops of the competition from goalkeeper Sebastiano Desplanches.
After the game, a sobbing Rodriguez stated, “This is crazy, crazy, crazy, and we deserve it.”
We are experiencing a dream.
Uruguay’s soccer organisation decided to postpone Sunday’s round of the national championship so that supporters could watch the final versus Italy since the country was so engrossed in the game in La Plata.
Cesare Casadei of Italy, who led the competition in scoring with seven goals, had a lacklustre showing in the championship game.
While admitting Uruguay performed better, Italy’s coach Carmine Nunziata said the bad playing surface had an impact on his team.
Nunziata said that any player with more talent had been penalised by the field.
“We had a fantastic run. Playing all these matches is difficult, so nothing we have done is undone by this match. Today, they were superior to us.
When the U20 World Cup began on May 20, neither Uruguay nor Italy were considered favourites, but in contrast to Brazil, Argentina, and England, they encountered less pushback from clubs about the release of players for the competition.
Clubs are not required to let their players to compete in international youth events.
In 1997 and 2013, Uruguay was defeated in the tournament’s finale. Brazil was the last South American champion in 2011.
The victory for the Celeste follows Argentina’s World Cup victory in December, which also marked the end of a run of victories for European teams.
at an earlier match at the same venue in La Plata, Israel, a rookie, defeated South Korea 3-1 to claim third place.
At first, Indonesia was supposed to host the competition, but the Muslim-majority nation refused to allow Israel to take part. One month before the match, FIFA made the decision to give the organisation up to Argentina.