With a great goal from captain Gustavo Puerta, Colombia pulled off a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Israel on Sunday, with the added value that they were defeated in the game by their rival but ended their personal hierarchy on their debut. done. in Group C of the U20 World Cup in Argentina.
In another match on Sunday, in line with Group D, Nigeria also came from behind to beat the Dominican Republic 2-1 in Mendoza city.
At the Diego Maradona Stadium in the city of La Plata, Israel were entitled to go ahead at the interval – having generated at least six situations of real danger in the first leg – but the opening of the scoring was made to wait until 57 minutes, when Adair Ocampo’s penalty kick was converted into a goal by a prominent Israeli, Dor Turgeman.
The tie will also come from 12 stages. Israel’s treble came from goal position, partly canceled out by two good interventions by goalkeeper Luis Marquins – a special figure of the match – and partly squandered by a team that had until then won with minimal but authority. .
But on the next play, Ile Feingold jumped into the box with arms outstretched and the ball hit his hand. VAR called on referee Juan Calderón, who watched the play on monitors and called the penalty after announcing his change of decision over the loudspeakers. Oscar Cortez executed with the hierarchy at age 74 for the tie.
The goal boosted Colombia, which had its best minute since then against Israel weakened by the changes arranged by Ofir Haim.
Which is why it was not surprising that in the end the scales tipped for the South Americans. With time running out, Puerta broke into the area with a controlled ball and struck a precise left-footed shot that clipped the post and inside to seal a much-anticipated victory for the Colombian fans in the stadium.
In the second round, also in La Plata, Senegal will face Japan for Group C.
Meanwhile, at the Malvinas Argentino Stadium in Mendoza, Nigeria bounced back in time to start off on the right foot against the Dominican Republic.
The Caribbeans took the lead with a penalty converted by Edison Azcona at 23. And the Africans leveled shortly after on 31 with a goal against Guillermo de Peña.
The decider of the trial came in the 70’s, with a goal from Samson Lawal, in what was a perfect start for Nigeria.
Later, in Sunday’s highlight, Italy and Brazil will face each other in Group D at the foot of the Andes Mountains.