U-20 World Cup - Iraq, Ghana in semis after thrilling wins

Iraq triumphed on penalties over South Korea after a 3-3 draw to set up an Under-20 World Cup semi-final against Uruguay while Ghana beat Chile 4-3 in an extra-time thriller and will face France.

U-20 World Cup - Iraq, Ghana in semis after thrilling wins

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Iraq's players celebrate after beating Korea Republic in penalty kicks in the quarter final football match at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup at Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri (AFP)

Twice Iraq took the lead in normal time, through Ali Faez – a penalty – and Farhan Shakor, only for Korea to equalise through Kwon Changhoon – who had just come on as a substitute - and Lee Gwanghun.

Farhan thought he had sealed the last-four spot two minutes from the end of extra-time, but Jung Hyuncheol notched a brilliant strike in the second minute of added-on time after being thrown into the fray moments beforehand.

Nevertheless, Iraq finished the job 5-4 on penalties, Farhan slotting the winning spot-kick.

Ghana took an early lead against Chile in Turkey, 16-year-old Moses Odjer chesting down then volleying home, before the South Americans drew level and then took the lead through quick strikes from Nicolas Castillo – smashed into the roof of the net from a tight angle - and Angelo Henriquez.

Ebenezer Assifuah made it 2-2 in the second half after Clifford Aboagye left three Chile defenders for dead, but in extra time Henriquez completed his brace.

Ghana were far from down and out, however, equalising with a Salifu seven minutes from time before Assifuah hit a dramatic second in injury time to win the tie.

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