South America’s strength continued until the group stage.
Brazil and Colombia were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup held at San Juan Estadio San Juan del Vicentenario, Argentina on the 4th (Korean time), losing to Israel and Italy, respectively.토토사이트
In the round of 16, Ecuador lost to South Korea and Argentina to Nigeria, and South America’s strength began to falter. And in the quarterfinals, Brazil and Colombia collapsed, leaving Uruguay alone.
In fact, the flow of the 5 South American teams in this tournament was very good. Compared to other continents, South America was the only country where all countries passed the group stage.
Argentina, the host country in Group A, won all 3 matches and advanced to the round of 16 with confidence. However, in the round of 16, ‘Flying Eagles’ Nigeria’s counter attack was defeated 0-2 and collapsed. Ecuador finished second in Group B after the United States and advanced to the round of 16, but lost 2-3 to Korea after a slugfest and did not advance to the quarterfinals.
Colombia in Group C and Brazil in Group D also showed strength in the group stage and advanced to the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, but were eliminated early (?) behind European powers such as Italy and Israel.
As mentioned earlier, Uruguay is the only country left in South America. They progressed to the round of 16 as second place in Group E, calmed the Gambian storm and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win. It is the last remaining pride of South America.
But the opponent is the United States. In Group B, they won all 3 matches, scored 6 goals and advanced to the round of 16, and defeated New Zealand, who advanced as a wild card, 4-0. The U.S. is showing tremendous progress with 4 wins, 10 goals and no goals in 4 matches in this tournament.
Of course, due to the nature of the tournament, unexpected changes can happen at any time. However, it is also true that Uruguay’s chances of winning are greatly reduced as the United States’ performance is the most dominant in this tournament. In other words, the 8th round could result in the annihilation of South America.
If Uruguay loses to the United States in the quarterfinals, it will be the first time in 42 years since 1981 that a South American team will not be able to advance to the semifinals. At the 1981 Australian tournament, Brazil and Uruguay lost to Qatar and Romania, respectively, and failed to advance to the semifinals.
At one time, they were so overwhelming that three of the semifinals were from South America, and now they are worried that not a single team can advance in 42 years. On the other hand, in Europe, two teams have already reached the semifinals. Asia and Africa are also guaranteed to make it to the semifinals without fail. It is a great flow of change.