Venezuela and Uruguay through to U20 World Cup semi-finals

Venezuela and Uruguay qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday.

Venezuela needed extra-time to see off the United States 2-1 while Uruguay overcame Portugal 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 2-2 after extra-time.

It took 96 minutes for Adalberto Penaranda to break the deadlock at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium ahead of a second goal from Nahuel Ferraresi in the 115th minute.

Jeremy Ebobisse netted two minutes later to ensure a tense finish, but Venezuela held on to secure their place in the first semi with Uruguay to be played on June 8.

At the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Santiago Bueno netted the winning penalty for Uruguay after the match had ended in a stalemate.

Alexandre Silva had given Portugal a first minute lead before a 16th minute equaliser from Bueno.

Diogo Gonçalves added a second for Portugal as Federico Valverde scored a 50th minute penalty.

The two sides needed a penalty shootout to be separated where Rúben Dias, Diogo Dalot, Bruno Xadas and Gedson Fernandes netted for Portugal, with Pedro Rodrigues, José Gome and André Ribeiro missing, as Valverde, Jose Rodríguez, Agustin Canobbio, Joaquin Ardaiz and Bueno all scored for Uruguay, with Rodrigo Amaral and Matias Viña unsuccessful.

Italy, Zambia, Mexico and England will battle it out for the two remaining other semi-final places.

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