Spain beats Mexico 2-1 to reach U20 WCup quarters
ISTANBUL (AP) -Spain striker Jese scored in injury time as his team came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 and reach the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup on Tuesday.
Jese's strike from outside the area was deflected by Mexico defender Abel Fuentes and goalkeeper Richard Sanchez could only dive over the ball. It was Jese's fifth goal of the tournament.
Arturo Gonzalez scored for Mexico in the second minute of the first knockout round match. Spain defender Derik equalized from a corner in the 74th.
Spain, the only team to have won all its matches this tournament, will next play Uruguay or Nigeria.
Also, Uzbekistan reached the last eight by defeating Greece 3-1 in a match that included three penalties and two red cards. Uzbekistan had never gone beyond the group stage before and will now face France or host Turkey.
Mexico stunned tournament favorite Spain in the opening minutes when Gonzalez came in from the left and sent a diagonal shot past goalkeeper Daniel Sotres.
Spain, the European Under-19 champion, recovered quickly and found its usual rhythm of short passes and moves in midfield. However, it struggled to reach its forwards against Mexico's well-placed defense.
The South Americans, who missed suspended midfielder Jesus Escoboza, created danger through quick counterattacks, though Raul Lopez's header in the 19th went just over and a thundering 20-meter (yard) shot by Jorge Espericueta hit the crossbar in the 31st.
Spain continued to dominate possession in the second half as it gained control of the match. The Mexican defense started to falter and Spain finally got the chances it had been looking for.
Captain Paco Alacacer was set up by Jese in the 51st but keeper Sanchez saved his low shot with his left foot.
The game turned around when Mexico left Derik unmarked when he received a corner kick at the far post, leaving the defender an easy chance to level the score.
In the other match, Uzbekistan took the lead in the 26th minute when Abbosbek Makhstaliev beat Greece goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino at the near post.
Greece captain Konstantinos Stafylidis equalized from a penalty seven minutes later, but his team lost control of the game when defender Dimitrios Kourpelis picked up his second booking for a foul in the area after an hour. Igor Sergeev converted the penalty, and Sardor Rakhmanov added another goal from the spot in the 83rd..
Uzbekistan's Boburbek Yuldashov was also sent off in the closing minutes after receiving a second yellow card.
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