Guatemala beat Canada on penalties to advance to Concacaf Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals

The National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, saw how the Guatemalan national team beat Canada 4-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in extra time, a match for the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup. Concacaf U-20 world.

Loredo made just one change from the game against Aruba, as Daniel Cardoza made an appearance in the 11th.

The match started evenly, both teams offered and Guatemala showed that since losing to El Salvador in the tournament debut, their game has grown.

After several lukewarm approaches from the teams, the central referee, the Jamaican Daneon Parchment whistled as the maximum penalty a handball inside the surface of Jonathan Franco, in an attempt to clear.

However, Canada couldn’t celebrate, as national goalkeeper Jorge Moreno guessed Lowell Wright’s shot and saved the penalty.

Soon after, it would be Guatemala who would have a chance to take the lead, as Keesean Ferdinand fouled Daniel Cardoza in the box.

The person in charge of the throwing was Arquímedes Ordoñez, who had had a good tournament, however, goalkeeper Ben Alexander was attentive and prevented Ordoñez’s eleven-step shot from going up the scoreboard.

After the penalty missed by Guatemala, the central defender signaled the end of the first half.

Already in the add-on, both teams had chances to score, but they couldn’t hurt each other.

At minute 71, Loredo started to move his pieces and gave way to Arquímedes Ordoñez and Néstor Cabrera, letting in Jefry Bantes and Edy Palencia.

After equalizing 0-0 in 90 minutes, centre-back Daneon Parchment ordered the start of extra time.

Barely into the first extra time, Jeshua Urizar touched the ball with his hand inside the box and Kamron Habibullah, who had entered the complement, beat a Jorge Moreno who guessed where the penalty was going, but he couldn’t avoid the Canadian celebration.

Already in the last minutes, Omar Villagrán scored to equalize the game and send it to penalties.

In the penalty shootout, Guatemala won 4-3, advancing to the next round.

If the Blue and Whites manage to win their next match (their rival will be Mexico or Puerto Rico), they will win a direct ticket to the next World Cup.

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