THE DAY REPLAYED - The FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 reached a suspenseful conclusion on Friday as Ghana overcame Brazil in a thrilling penalty shoot-out to become the first African side ever to win the competition.
It was a heroic achievement for the Black Satellites, who held the South American champions at bay despite being reduced to ten men in the first half.
There was more spot-kick drama earlier in the day as Hungary saw off Costa Rica in a shoot-out to take third place.
Hungary 1-1 Costa Rica (Hungary win 2-0 on pens)
Ghana 0-0 Brazil (Ghana win 4-3 on pens)
Goal of the day
Ghana 0-0 Brazil, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
After watching his goalkeeper keep out Alex Teixeira's penalty to leave the shoot-out score tied at 3-3, Agyemang-Badu strode up to the spot knowing that the title would be Ghana's if he could convert his kick. As silence descended upon the Cairo International Stadium, the midfielder calmly placed the ball on the ground before slotting it past Rafael to create a little bit of history for Ghanaian and African football.
Mutual appreciation in Cairo: Hungary should be in no doubt about their popularity with the people of Egypt. Emerging from the tunnel ahead of Friday's third-place match, the Hungarian substitutes unveiled a banner reading 'Thank you Egypt' - and duly received a thunderous reception from the fans gathered at the Cairo International Stadium. And a little over an hour and a half later, they and their victorious team-mates were soaking up the applause once more as they completed a valedictory lap of honour.
Fair play and friendship: Seconds after seeing Peter Gulacsi repel Carlos Hernandez's decisive penalty kick, Hungary coach Sandor Egervari made a beeline for the unfortunate midfielder to offer him his commiserations. At the same time Egervari's opposite number Ronald Gonzalez took the opportunity to congratulate the Europeans' match-winning gloveman. Breaking off from his side's victory lap of honour, the young Liverpool goalkeeper then shared a tearful embrace with his team-mate and close friend, Marko Futacs, who was unable to join in the celebrations after suffering a first-half injury.
Who are you then? Sellas Tetteh had a crafty trick up his sleeve in the build-up to the final. The Ghana coach sent his three goalkeepers out on to the pitch to perform identical pre-match warm-ups wearing matching No22 shirts, despite the fact only 21 players are allowed in each squad. Opponents Brazil could have been forgiven for feeling a little confused as to which of the shot-stopping trio would eventually be donning the gloves, which might explain the problems they had in getting the better of chosen custodian Daniel Agyei in the shootout.
Thank you Egypt: The football-crazy people of Egypt once again showed their wholehearted commitment to the tournament on Friday, with an amazing 70,000 fans pitching up for the tournament's closing two games. That impressive turnout took the total attendance for Egypt 2009 to 1,295,586, outstripping the previous record of 1,195,239 spectators, set two years ago at Canada 2007.
167 - The number of goals scored at Egypt 2009, a record for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, beating the previous highest tally of 165 at Malaysia 1997.
"What a win for the Satellites! After the red card, I thought our chances were over, but the boys kept fighting. They never, ever lost heart - and that's what won them the tournament! Congratulations Ghana! Congratulations Africa!," BlackSky (Ghana) is a happy man after the win.
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