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Breaking! Israel eliminate Brazil from U20 World Cup



How are the mighty fallen! Five time winners, Brazil are out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after falling 3-2 to Israel in the quarter-finals played at the  San Juan Stadium  this Saturday night.

After a goalless first half, Brazil opened scoring in the 56th minute through Marcos Leonardo. But four minutes later, Israel equalised through Anan Khalaili.

With nine minutes remaining in regulation time, Brazil regained the lead through Matheus Nascimento.  But never say die! Israel responded two minutes later as Hamza Shibli responded with another equaliser that dragged the game into extra time.

In the 105th minute, Dor Turgeman scored the winner for Israel who become the first team into the semi-final.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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