International Sports

Host Mexico will battle Uruguay for FIFA U-17 Cup

Friday - Torreon, Coahuila - Host Mexico showed its prowess in a 3-2 semifinal victory over Germany at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.Julio Gomez, who scored a pair of goals despite suffering a head injury in a 3-2 victory over Germany at Corona Stadium, managed to put a few words together after the exhilarating win. Gomez opened and closed the scoring, finding the net in the 3rd and 90th minutes of the match. Jorge Espericueta scored in the 76th minute; Samed Yesil and Emre Can each scored for Germany.It was a showdown between the undefeated junior national teams, with the host nation coming out ahead.“[Julio] Gomez is OK after his injury – didn’t he look it? Not many people gave us a chance to beat Germany, but we knew that we had a very strong team and that we had a good chance to get the better of them. My players have their feet on the ground and are very mature for their age. I am very proud of them," said Mexico's coach Raul Gutierrez.“We are disappointed, obviously, but we must give our full congratulations to Mexico. I am very proud of my team for what they have done here at the World Cup," said Germany's head coach Steffen Freund.In the other semi, Uruguay secured a first-ever appearance in a FIFA U-17 World Cup final after a 3-0 win over rivals Brazil in the match played at Azteca Stadium in Guadalajara. Germany will face Brazil on Sunday for third place, then Mexico faces an equally exuberant Uruguay. Both matches will be played at Azteca Stadium.