Serbia beats US in penalty thriller at U20 World Cup

Jun 14, 2015, 12:54 AM
Serbia’s Goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic, left, saves a shot at goal from Rubio Rubin of the USA ...
Serbia's Goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic, left, saves a shot at goal from Rubio Rubin of the USA during their U20 soccer World Cup quarterfinal game in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, June 14, 2015. (AP Photo/David Rowland)
(AP Photo/David Rowland)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serbia advanced to its maiden Under-20 World Cup semifinal Sunday with a 6-5 win on penalties over the United States.

The match needed 18 penalties to decide a victor after it finished 0-0 at fulltime, and in the end it was Serbia that advanced after a marathon shootout.

Serbia’s defense restricted the United States to two shots on target, as Serbia maintained its impressive defensive record which has seen it concede just two goals throughout the tournament.

For the United States, the chance to match its best effort at the tournament since 1989 was dashed despite the efforts of goalkeeper Zackary Steffen.

Serbia will play Mali at Auckland on Wednesday after the Africans upset Germany 4-3 on penalties in Christchurch in Sunday’s earlier quarter-final.

A fairly equal first half meant there were limited chances for either side, but the best opportunity fell to the United States four minutes from half-time.

A delightful run down the left hand side resulted in a low cross to Thomas Thompson in the box, but his effort was inches wide of Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic’s far post.

The match opened up in the second half, and after 57 minutes a neat cross found Andrija Zivkovic at the far post, but his first-time volley swept across Zackary Steffen’s goal.

Steffen was called into action soon after and pulled off a stunning save to deny Zivkovic for a second time in 12 minutes.

Serbia looked to have had the US on the ropes early in extra time, but Ivan Saponjic’s deflection from a Stanisa Mandic cross went wide.

From there the match went to penalties, where Serbia clinched its first semifinal berth after a shootout to the delight of the vocal Serbian supporters.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

World News

A fisherman watches smoke rise after Russian forces launched a missile attack on a military unit in...
Associated Press

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters hit by drone strike

An explosive device carried by a makeshift drone blew up Sunday at the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean Peninsula.
15 days ago
Medical syringes are seen with 'Monkeypox' sign displayed on a screen in the backgound in this illu...
Associated Press

Monkeypox declared a global emergency by UN health agency

The expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global emergency.
23 days ago
Chinese paramilitary policemen march in front of the Japanese embassy where the Japanese flag is fl...
Associated Press

Japan’s ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

TOKYO (AP) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated Friday on a street in western Japan by a gunman who opened fire on him from behind as he delivered a campaign speech — an attack that stunned a nation with some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere. The 67-year-old Abe, who was Japan’s […]
1 month ago
Firefighters hose down a burning car after a strike hit a residential area, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk ...
Associated Press

Russia taking ‘operational pause’ in Ukraine, analysts say

Analysts say Russia may be taking an "operational pause" in eastern Ukraine to reassemble forces for a significant offensive.
1 month ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson enters 10 Downing Street, after reading a statement in London, Thursda...
Associated Press

One scandal too many: British PM Boris Johnson resigns

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation Thursday after droves of top government officials quit over the latest scandal to engulf him, marking an end to three tumultuous years in which he tried to bluster his way through one ethical lapse after another. Months of defiance ended almost with a shrug as […]
1 month ago
Ukrainian servicemen carry the coffin with the remains of Army Col. Oleksander Makhachek during a f...
Associated Press

As Ukraine loses troops, how long can it keep up the fight?

ZHYTOMYR (AP) — As soon as they had finished burying a veteran colonel killed by Russian shelling, the cemetery workers readied the next hole. Inevitably, given how quickly death is felling Ukrainian troops on the front lines, the empty grave won’t stay that way for long. Col. Oleksandr Makhachek left behind a widow, Elena, and […]
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Serbia beats US in penalty thriller at U20 World Cup