Brazil retained their FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a 3-0 win over France and drew level with Argentina at the top of the all-time winners’ chart with their sixth triumph in the 36 year-history of the competition.
Benfica’s new £5.25m signing from Sao Paulo, Ademilson, fired Brazil in front after quarter of an hour, before turning provider for Taiberson to double the lead just six minutes later. A compelling and competitive match throughout, despite Brazil and France being without five players between them for falling foul of the competition’s yellow cards rule.
As France made changes to try and find a way back into the game, Brazil capitalised on confusion at the back to play in Fernando Gomes. The 19 year-old took a neat touch before clipping the ball over French ‘keeper Alphonse Areola to score his first international goal, and wrap up a 3-0 victory.
In the earlier match to decide the third-place finish, Argentina scored twice in extra-time to beat United States 3-1. USA played 120 minutes of football in their semi-final defeat to Brazil, and clearly ran out of energy in the closing stages.
Tabaré Brutto fired Argentina in front on 31′, with James Kraft heading home an equaliser from a corner ten minutes after half-time. As American legs faltered in the roasting Istanbul sun, Lucas Ocampos and Fernando Rodriguez scored extra-time goals to give Argentina their best finish since winning in 2007.