BOGOTA, Colombia -- Mexico defeated Colombia 3-1 on Saturday to reach the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup, setting up a showdown with the winner of Sundays match between tournament favourites Spain and Brazil. Edson Rivera broke open a 1-1 match in the 69th minute with a header and then added a second goal in the 88th. The Under-20 tournament is adding to what is already a great year for Mexican football. The senior team won the regional championship, defeating the United States 4-2 in final of the Gold Cup. Mexico also won the Under-17 World Cup, beating Uruguay 2-0. "There was a lot of celebrating when I went into the dressing room after the match," Mexico coach Juan Carlos Chavez said. "When I came in I turned off the music. Fortunately, we are in the semifinals but we are not champions. That is when it will be time to celebrate." The loss was a heartbreaker for a 42,000 sellout crowd in Bogota, where Colombia had won its first four games. "I feel a little sorry for the home fans," Chavez added. "But we worked hard against a good team and managed to win. Maybe there were 40,000 people here cheering for Colombia, but we have 120 million Mexicans supporting us at a distance." Mexico also defeated Colombia 2-1 in a warm-up tournament before this event. Colombia had chances early, buoyed by the noisy crowd. The team outshot Mexico 21-9 in the match, but many of its shots were off-target -- unlike Mexicos. Mexico took an early 1-0 lead when Erick Torres converted a penalty in the 38th. The spot kick came after Diego Reyes was pushed and fell in the area with Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir calling the penalty, which was not disputed by the Colombians. Colombia equalized in the 60th, taking advantage of a mistake by Mexico keeper Jose Rodriguez. Duvan Zapata let loose with a long-range shot that bounced once and passed between the legs of Rodriguez as he was dropping to his knees. Mexico regained the lead in the 69th when Ulises Davila delivered a perfect corner and Rivera leaped high to head home from 10 metres (yards) with Colombia keeper Cristian Bonilla barely getting his fingertips on the ball. Riveras second goal was a rising drive from 20 metres (yards) that glanced off Bonillas upper arm before going in. Colombia dominated the first half with 12 shots to two for Mexico, although only two of Colombias shots were on target. Colombia attacked from the first minute with Luis Muriel, Hector Quinones and Zapata having good chances. The best chance may have been Muriels shot in the 21st, which Mexico keeper Rodriguez just tipped over the crossbar. But Colombia seemed to wear down after the early surge, and then was set back by Mexicos opening goal. The equalizer gave the Colombians hope, but Rivera snuffed that out with his two late goals. wholesale nfl jerseys. - Michael Pineda will be the New York Yankees fifth starter. cheap jerseys from china. 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Justin Fontaine scored three goals, Niklas Backstrom stopped 39 shots and the Wild won their fourth straight game by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night. "When we were losing games, we were carrying that baggage into the next game with us," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Success can do some damage to you, too, like winning can. Weve been able to put that behind us and go on to the next one and recognize what we have to do." The Wild had been in a rut, plagued by shaky goaltending, injuries to key players and a big hit to their confidence. Once one of the top teams in the Western Conference, Minnesota plummeted down the standings with four straight road losses that led to two more at home to close out 2013. Once the calendar flipped, the Wild found their way again, starting with a 4-1 win over Buffalo. Minnesota followed a home win over Washington with a shootout road victory over the Kings and backed that up with another superb game against the Coyotes. Fontaine scored late in the first period, gave the Wild a two-goal lead on a power play after a strange bounce in the third and closed out his first career hat trick with an empty-net goal. Kyle Brodziak had a goal and an assist, Matt Cook had two assists and Backstrom was superb, winning his third straight start after allowing 17 goals the previous four. The win moved the Wild ahead of the Coyotes for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with 53 points. "We have a lot of young guys following the leadership and were playing the kind of game we need to play," Fontaine said. The Coyotes had their chances. They doubled Minnesotas shot total in the first period and had numerous good scoring chances, including one shot by Lauri Korpikoski that hit the crossbar. Mikkel Boedker was the only Phoenix player to score, doing it on a power play early in the second period, leaving the Coyotes a bit disheartened after their third loss in four games. "We had opportunities to score and didnt score," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "Give tthem credit that they found ways to score when they got theirs and we didnt.dddddddddddd In a game like that, you have to put as much onus on the guys trying to score as the guys who are trying to stop them." Phoenix came out firing, outshooting Minnesota 15-7 in the first period. The Wild scored first, though, thanks to a turnover by Phoenix defenceman Keith Yandle. Trying to clear the puck under pressure in front of the crease, Yandle sent it right to the slot, where Fontaine gathered it and beat Mike Smith to the glove side late in the first period. The Coyotes kept up the pressure early in the second period and tied it on a power play when Boedker spun around and slipped a backhander under Backstrom just before he fell to the ice. Phoenix continued to generate nearly twice as many shots, but Minnesota scored the next goal early in the third period. This one came on a defensive miscue as well: Yandle was caught pinching in Minnesotas zone, Brodziak ended up with a partial breakaway and sent a wrister that went off Smith into the goal. Fontaine put Minnesota up 3-1 a few minutes later when he fought off Antoine Vermette and flicked in a one-handed shot as he was going down. Smith had circled behind the goal to play Jason Pominvilles dump-in and had no chance of getting back when the puck caromed off the boards to the front of the goal. Phoenix tried to pick up the pressure, but couldnt get anything past Backstrom and Fontaine closed it out with his empty-netter. "We had a couple little spurts here and there, but to score youve got to go hard to the net, especially when theyre playing real tight," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "Their goaltender gives them a (good) game, they play tight and we couldnt do enough to get inside to get opportunities and score on our opportunities." Notes: Phoenix D Oliver Ekman-Larsson returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. ... Wild LW Zach Parise missed his eighth straight game with a lower-body injury and Mikko Koivu missed his second straight with a broken ankle. They have a combined 23 goals and 39 assists. ... Thursday was the 10-year anniversary of Coyotes G Brian Boucher setting the modern-day NHL record with his fifth consecutive shutout -- against Minnesota. ' ' '
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