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Saturday, July 13, 2013


Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul) will be hosting on 13 July 2013, an U20 World Cup Final between France and Uruguay.
Though it was one of the favorite teams in tournament, after it receives the third position in the prestigious Toulon tournament, it didn't make a good start to the Under-20 World Cup, and it gained only four points in group stage. Since then it hasn't met the strongest teams on their way to the final, but displayed the confidence of a real favorite. The semi-final between France and Ghana (2:1) has been the expected spectacular match last Wednesday with many chances on both sides and it was Florian Thauvin (OSC Lille), who decided it with two scores. In the final, France will have to replace defender Samuel Umtiti for the second time due to a suspension.
As Uruguay had eliminated top favorites and title defenders, Spain, in the quarter-finals, it was favorite in the semi-finals against the Iraqi team on Wednesday. Against Spain the 'Celeste' had set on counter attacks, this time they dominated the match themselves and it was Iraq who played dangerous counter attacks. In the 34th minute Iraq then shocked the Urus with a free kick goal. From now on, it was one way football towards the Iraq goal, but the equaliser came just two minutes before the end. After another thirty minutes dominated by the Urus, they won the semi-final 7:6 on penalties. Uruguay conceded only three goals in the six games it played in this tournament.

Possible line-ups:
France U20 (4-4-2): Alphonse Areola, Dimitri Foulquier, Kurt Zouma, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jordan Veretout, Paul Pogba, Florian Thauvin, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Yaya Sanogo
Uruguay U20 (4-2-3-1): G. De Amores, G. Silva, G. Varela, G. Rodríguez, J. Giménez, L. Pais, S. Cristoforo, G. De Arrascaeta, D. Laxalt, F. Acevedo, N. López.

Match Details and Timings:
France vs Uruguay
Football: U20 World Cup Final
Match date: 13 July 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:00 CET - 18:00 GMT
Stadium: Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul)

You can watch the match here






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