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Soccer Round Up: Clasico At The Supercopa, U-20 World Cup Quarter Results


There’s been a lot of great soccer action in what many consider to be the dog days of sports (right after the NBA season ends, and right before the NFL kicks off). This past weekend was no exception with the Supercopa– the Community Shield equivalent of La Liga– doubling as yet another edition of El Clasico and the quarterfinal round of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup being held in Colombia.

 La Liga’s Supercopa

Yesterday Barcelona and Real Madrid faced off yet again (this is what, like the seventy billion edition of El Clasico?) for la Supercopa, a two-leg encounter that pits the winner of last season’s La Liga (Barca) against the winner of La Copa Del Rey (Real Madrid won the trophy, and then Sergio Ramos dropped it during the parade afterwards ). Were there amazing goals? Of course. When are there not oh-my-god-did-you-see-that moments when these two hated rivals play each other? The highlight of the match comes from the douchebag facial hair-donning David Villa, who equalized the game at one a piece at the 36th minute. Words fail us when we try to describe it’s awesomeness, so just watch below:

Messi would put Barca up 2-1 before the half; Xabi Alonso tied it at 2 in the second 45 minutes. Round two will be on Wednesday.

In other La Liga news, Cesc Fabregas, former captain of Arsenal, is now a member of Barcelona. Why? Because there’s no such thing as being too good for Barca.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals

Four matches, four good games.

Saturday saw host nation Colombia (and the tournament’s top scorer in Luis Muriel) going up against Mexico. Los Cafeteros were favored to beat the visiting side largely in part to a strong offensive attack and home pitch advantage. That didn’t happen. A first half Erick Torres penalty kick gave El Tri a 1-0 advantage. Duvan Zapata brought back his team, but then Mexico’s Edson Rivera was substituted in and scored two to kick Colombia out of its own party:

The second half of Saturday’s U-20 doubleheader was Portugal-Argentina. Boy, it hasn’t been that great of a year for any Argentine national team has it? The senior team had a very lackluster Copa America, and now the young’uns lose to Portugal in penalty kicks (5:4) after both squads failed to score during 120 minutes of play. Amazingly, la albiceleste had the match in the bag when Portugal missed two of their first three penalty kicks. Being up 3-1 with two shots left, Portugal converted theirs while Argentina missed the final two:

On Sunday, Brazil and Spain played in what many called the tournament’s unofficial final. While it’s a little presumptuous to say that whoever won this match would win the tournament, the game’s highlights certainly make a strong argument for that claim. Seriously, this game had awesome goals (particularly Brazil’s), and ended in drama, a la penalty shootout. In the end, after 2-2 score through 120 minutes, Brazil won 4-2 in PKs. They will now face Mexico in the Semis:

Finally, we have France versus Nigeria. Les Bleus went up early 1-nill, and they would hold that lead for the most of the match. Thanks to a last minute (90+3′) goal by Nigeria, overtime happened. From then on, it was smooth sailing. France scored near the end of the first half of extra time. Then, they did it again at the start of the second half of over time. The African squad made it 3-2 with ten minutes left in the match, but ran out of gas. France’s next opponent is Portugal:

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