Result: Ghana triumph in seven-goal thriller

Result: Ghana triumph in seven-goal thriller
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Ghana defeat Chile in a seven-goal roller-coaster to seal their place in the last four of the Under-20 World Cup.

Ghana have defeated Chile to book their place in the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup.

Sellas Tetteh's men trailed 3-2 in extra time but Seidu Salifu's goal and a last-gasp strike from Ebenezer Assifuah helped seal a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Both teams had early efforts on goal, but it was Ghana who took the lead with a superb strike in the 11th minute.

A neat one-two between Frank Acheampong and Yiadom Boakye allowed the former to set up Moses Odjer, who brought the ball down on his chest at the back post before firing a volley past Dario Melo.

Chile were back on level terms in the 23rd minute as Nicolas Castillo thundered home from a tight angle, before Angelo Henriquez put the South Americans in front with just under half an hour on the clock.

Ghana started the second half in positive fashion, but Eric Antwi was still called upon to deny Castillo and Henriquez.

The African team piled the pressure on their opponents and it finally told in the 72nd minute, with Clifford Aboagye setting up Assifuah to poke the ball beyond Melo.

The teams could not be separated after 90 enthralling minutes, prompting extra time. There was no let-up in the action, however, as the match continued in similar end-to-end fashion.

It was Chile who drew first blood, with Claudio Baeza lifting the ball over Antwi for Henriquez to grab his second of the evening.

Once again, Ghana threw caution to the wind and launched everything at the South American side. They drew level when Salifu calmly slotted past Melo in the 113th minute and penalties looked destined to decide the game.

However, as the contest entered the 120th minute, Acheampong got himself to the byline to cross for Assifuah at the back post, and he headed Ghana into the semi-finals.

Ghana's Yiadom Boakye is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's third goal against Portugal during the U20 Word Cup on July 3, 2013
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