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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Brazil Under-20 World Champions

Brazil were crowned Fifa Under-20 World Cup champions for the fifth time after beating Portugal 3-2 after extra-time in last night’s final in Colombia.

Brazil midfielder Oscar was the hero of the day as he scored a hattrick to lead Brazil to victory and avenge a defeat to Portugal in the 1991 final.

Brazil's hero Oscar (right)
Oscar’s three strikes were also the only goals Portugal had conceded in the whole tournament.

Oscar, who plays for Brazil side for Internacional, grabbed the winner in the 111th minute of the game, lobbing a shot that was touched by Portugal keeper Mika onto the underside of the crossbar before it hit the back of the net.

He also scored in the fifth minute, a long range straight-on freekick that appeared to glance in off the head of a Portuguese defender, and then again in the 78th minute.

It was a topsy-turvy match and Alex had levelled in the ninth minute for Portugal before Nelson Oliveira’s 59th minute goal had put the European side on course for the win. But Brazil fought back to claim its fifth Under-20 World Cup title, and go a step better after having been the runners-up to Ghana two years ago.

“This really makes us happy, because now we have matched the record of the senior team,” Brazil coach Ney Franco said after the win, referring to the five Fifa World Cups Brazil’s senior side has won.

In the third-place playoff Mexico defeated France 3-1.

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