Anderson Duarte has helped lead his team to victory…
Uruguay has advanced to the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup on Sunday with an assist from the 19-year-old Uruguayan professional footballer, who plays as a forward for Defensor Sporting.
Uruguay opened the scoring in the 21st minute after a counter-attack put Duarte in front of an empty goal. The Uruguayans doubled their lead in the 56th minute through an own goal by American Joshua Wynder.
“That’s life. If you don’t have enough, you don’t win,” U.S. coach Mikey Varas said after the match. “They fought, they have what they had and they had a great tournament here.”
Uruguay coach Marcelo Brioli agreed that the first goal of the match came when the U.S. team was dominating.
“The first minutes of the match were hard, but our team’s maturity made the difference,” Brioli said.
Uruguay has ever won the U-20 World Cup; they were a runner up in 1997 and 2013.
Uruguay will take on Israel on Thursday for a place in the final.