Foavourites go through while France are inspired by new Arsenal signing
FIFA U20 World Cup
Tuesday 3 July 2013
Favourites Spain are through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U20 World Cup - but they had to come from behind against Mexico to do it.
Mexico led for 72 minutes of their last-16 clash in Turkey on Tuesday after Arturo Gonzalez volleyed home early on. But goals from Real Madrid pair Derik and Jese saw Spain scrape through in the end.
It was two Premier League players who helped make it happen. Liverpool's Suso and Manchester City's Denis Suarez coming off the bench to inspire the response.
It was Suso's corner which Derik headed in and Suarez then hit a post before Jese buried from the edge of the area to seal victory in the 90th minute.
Spain will now face Uruguay in the last eight - after they beat Nigeria 2-1.
A Nicolas Lopez brace - the second a late penalty - was just enough to beat a hard-working and spirited Nigeria side. The Africans had fought back through Olarenwaju Kayode having gone behind after 65 minutes.
Nigeria weren't helped by a red card for Abdullahi Shehu in the first half.
In the other half of the draw, Uzbekistan beat Greece 3-1 - in a match that saw two red cards and three penalties.
Uzbek captain Vladimir Kozak set up the opening goal, providing a diagonal cross which Abbosbek Makhstaliev struck home first time.
But Greece were level after 32 minutes through a Konstantinos Stafylidis penalty as the first half ended level.
The match turned on the hour mark when Greece's Dimitrios Kourpelis was sent off for a second bookable offence - especially as Igor Sergeev scored from the resulting penalty kick.
A Sardor Rakhmanov penalty made it 3-1 before, in a final moment of drama, Uzbekistan had Boburbek Yuldashov also sent off.
They will now face France, who were hugely impressive as they sealed a quarter-final place by beating hosts Turkey 4-1.
The French were inspired by new Arsenal signing Yaya Sanogo and could prove to be real contenders for the crown.
Geoffrey Kondogbia put them ahead after 18 minutes following a knock-down from Sanogo - and then he went close to doubling the lead himself before Jean Christophe Bahebeck headed a second.
They could even afford to miss a penalty in the second half before Sanago finally got on the scoresheet with a neat finish.
Jordan Veretout made it four before a late reply from Sinan Bakis completed the scoring.
But nothing could take away from a performance that makes France one of the dark horses for the title.