ghana out to bury ghost

CAIRO - Ghana will have revenge in mind when they confront four-time champions Brazil in the final of the Under-20 World Cup at the Cairo International Stadium today.

CAIRO - Ghana will have revenge in mind when they confront four-time champions Brazil in the final of the Under-20 World Cup at the Cairo International Stadium today.

Sellas Tetteh's side booked their place in the tournament decider with an enterprising 3-2 semifinal victory over a dogged Hungary team and will now look to avenge Ghana's 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the 1993 competition in Sydney.

Abeiku Quansah's spectacular late strike killed off the Hungarian fightback after Dominic Adiyiah had netted his seventh and eighth goals of the competition, and Tetteh says his side are coming into form at the right time.

"What matters isn't just that we're in the final, but that we got there thanks to a great victory," he said.

"We're not surprised by our performance because we played really well in the qualifying competition in Rwanda and we've had continuity and consistency here.

"It doesn't matter who we meet next. We're 90 minutes away from lifting the trophy."

Brazil triumphed in their semifinal by a similarly slender margin, overcoming Costa Rica 1-0 via a 67th-minute volley from striker Alan Kardec.

Rogerio Lourenco's charges will now seek to capture the trophy for the first time since their 2003 triumph in the United Arab Emirates.

"Above all, I'm delighted that the players have achieved our goal of reaching the final," Lourenco said. "They must be congratulated, as getting through six matches in a row is no easy feat. I know we didn't play well, but what mattered was reaching the final, nothing else."

With the tournament drawing to a close, Jack Warner, Fifa vice-president and chairperson of the organising committee, saluted the quality of football on show.

"It's been a tournament of surprises," he said.

Hungary confront Costa Rica in the third-place playoff today. - Sapa-AFP

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