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July 2, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul
Referee:‬ A. Faghani‎
Attendance:‬ 7211‎
 
74′ Derik
 
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Jesé Rodríguez
Jesé Rodríguez
Spain Under 20
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Spain U-20 2-1 Mexico U-20: Heartbreak for eliminated El Tri

Mexico had Spain on the ropes, but the tournament favorite prevailed in come-from-behind fashion, netting the winner in stoppage time.

By Avi Creditor

Jesé Rodríguez, Spain U-20; Raúl López Gómez, Mexico U-20
OZAN KOSE / AFP
Mexico's Under-20 national team had Spain on its heels for the vast majority of their FIFA U-20 World Cup round of 16 encounter Tuesday, but a late surge from the tournament favorite cut Mexico's upset bid short in heartbreaking fashion.

Jese's deflected stoppage-time goal guided Spain to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Sergio Almaguer's Mexico in their round of 16 clash in Istanbul, eliminating El Tri and clinching Spain's place in the quarterfinals of the competition.

Mexico had taken an early lead through Arturo Gonzalez, who stunned Spain with a 2nd-minute wonder strike. Gonzalez ran onto a 40-yard pass from Jesus Corona and hit a vicious left-footed volley in stride to put Mexico on top. Mexico maintained control of the game and had another chance later in the half, as Jorge Espericueta rattled the crossbar with a shot from outside the box.

Mexico and FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez preserved the 1-0 lead in the 50th minute, extending to rob Paco Alcacer of a would-be equalizer after a nifty combination with Jese put the Spanish attacker in on goal.

Buoyed by the play of its goalkeeper, Mexico looked to build its advantage and nearly did through Corona, who was robbed of a chance to extend the team's lead in the 67th minute. He cut back on a defender inside the box and rifled a left-footed shot that was stuffed by a diving Daniel Sotres.

Spain asserted itself in the final stages of the match, though, and finally got its equalizer in the 74th minute. Derik tallied the goal, with the center back volleying home a flicked-on header by the far post off a corner kick to bring Spain level.

Spain nearly went ahead in the 79th minute, with Sanchez being forced to dive to his right to deny Denis Suarez's shot to the near post. In the 90th minute, Sanchez kept an Alcacer shot from the edge of the box from reaching the upper 90 with a sprawling save.

Sanchez could do little to stop Jese's deflected shot from 20 yards, though, as Mexico was forced to bow out despite a strong showing and Spain advanced to face either Nigeria or Uruguay in the quarterfinals.


Spain Under 20

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Daniel Sotres
Midfielder
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17
Javi Manquillo
Defender
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14
Derik
Defender
74′
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Israel Puerto
Defender
52′
 - 
16
Campaña
Defender
 - 
14
Juan Bernat
Striker
 - 
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Saúl
Midfielder
62′
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Oliver Torres
Midfielder
 - 
16
Paco Alcácer
Striker
92′
 - 
20
 - 
10
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Mexico Under 20

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40
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H. Marín
Defender
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-
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J. Abella
Defender
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A. Fuentes
Defender
93′
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J. Espericueta
Midfielder
 - 
68
J. Corona
Midfielder
2′
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15
A. González
Midfielder
2′ 84′
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J. Van Rankin
Midfielder
53′
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M. Bueno
Striker

Substitutes

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Ortolá
Goalkeeper
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25
Rubén Yáñez
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Llorente
Defender
92′
 - 
19
Johny
Defender
 - 
30
José Gaya
Defender
 - 
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Suso
Midfielder
52′
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Ager Aketxe
Midfielder
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44
Denis Suárez
Midfielder
68′ 74′
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29
Jairo
Striker
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Substitutes

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M. Lajud
Goalkeeper
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A. Gurrola
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
A. Briseño
Defender
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F. Flores
Midfielder
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A. Zamorano
Midfielder
61′
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C. Treviño
Midfielder
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J. Escoboza
Midfielder
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J. Morales
Striker
93′
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U. Luna
Midfielder
84′
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Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ebenezer Assifuah-Inkoom Ebenezer Assifuah-Inkoom
Striker
Sion
6 0
Jesé Rodríguez Jesé Rodríguez
Striker
Real Madrid
5 0
Bruma Bruma
Midfielder
Gaziantepspor
5 0
Yaya Sanogo Yaya Sanogo
Striker
Arsenal
4 1
N. Castillo N. Castillo
Striker
Club Brugge KV
4 1