Hungary beats Italy to make U-20 W.Cup semis


SUEZ, Egypt: Krisztian Nemeth scored twice in extra time Friday as Hungary beat 8-man Italy 3-2 to reach the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup.

Hungary ended with 10 players and both coaches were sent off.

Vladimir Koman's second-minute penalty put Hungary ahead. Antonio Mazzotta equalized in the 82nd.

Krisztian Nemeth scored with eight minutes remaining in extra time, but Italy leveled again through Giacomo Bonaventura a minute later.

Nemeth settled it with three minutes left.

Italy defenders Matteo Gentili, Francesco Bini and Michelangelo Albertazzi saw red, as did coach Francesco Rocca.

Hungary defender Adrian Szekeres and coach Sandor Egervari were also dismissed.

Hungary plays Ghana, which beat South Korea in the quarterfinals.

"It was a tough game. We played very well tactically," Egervari said.

"We will celebrate tonight and then think about preparing for Ghana."

Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz was at the center of events, making a brave and correct call to award Hungary a penalty inside the first minute after Nemeth was knocked over by Gentili.

"We started badly, the penalty in the first minute of the match affected the game. But it was a very exciting match," Rocca said through an interpreter.

"I am sad that we could not play this match with 11 against 11. The mistakes came from lack of experience."

Italy had conceded a penalty against Spain in its last 16 match earlier this week.

Nemeth, who is on the books of Liverpool and currently on loan to AEK Athens, caused Italy's defense problems with his excellent touch and intelligent runs Italy gradually got back into the match, and Bini headed wide in the 25th and Gianvito Misuraca then shot wide.

Bini was called into action early in the second half when Hungary beat Italy's offside trap and Koman advanced into the area, but Bini read his cross brilliantly and hacked the ball clear before it reached Andras Gosztonyi.

Suez's Mubarak stadium was half filled with military conscripts in multicolored tracksuits, some of whom performed an impromptu dance in the second half, others fans cheered on Italy.

Gosztonyi forced a good save from Fiorillo in the 68th, and Italy's Marco Calderoni then shot straight at goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Moments after Mazzotta's equalizer, Bini reacted furiously to his sending off and had to be dragged away by team officials.

Rocca soon joined him, after Szekeres was also sent off by Ruiz.

Adam Dudas almost gifted Italy a goal early in extra time, heading the ball on to his own crossbar, and Fiorillo made a brilliant point-blank save from Marko Futacs in the second half of extra time. - AP

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