Dominican gets a ticket to the round of 16 of the U20 World Cup

The Dominican Republic managed to get epicly among the 16 best of the Concacaf U20 Championship by guaranteeing their ticket to the round of 16 of this Premundial, after equaling 2-2 with Santa Lucía this Saturday at the Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium and finishing as leaders of the B Group.

The goals were the work of Jason Joseph and Edison Azcona in the final minutes of the match to frame a historic comeback against a good crowd that was boosting the national team.

From the beginning there was a very intense match on the part of both teams. The first dangerous arrival in the match was for Santa Lucia after a center-shot that Steven Octave almost managed to connect.

At 27 ‘, there was a good opportunity for the Quisqueyanos to open the scoring with a center from Alfeni Tamarez who could not connect with a head Edison Azcona so that the rival goalkeeper caught without problems and thus avoid the fall of his goal. Just a minute later, with a long-range shot and after an oversight by the Dominican defense, the visitors opened the scoreboard through Kegan Caull.

Almost at the end of the first part of the commitment, another opportunity would be generated for the tricolor after a bad start by the Santa Lucia goalkeeper who did not know how to take advantage of Jason Joseph Yambatis in a good way. Next, the second goal of the visit would arrive after a free kick where the attacker Caull took advantage of another failure of the Dominican defense to put the second goal of the night for his team, to his personal account and thus end the first half.

In the first ten minutes of the second half, Sebastián Mañón was able to score the first goal for the Dominicans, but his header went very low and without direction. At 60 ‘, Yambatis tried again with a powerful shot that managed to catch the Santa Lucia goalkeeper, Darren Donaie. When the clock ticked 66 ‘Ángel Montes de Oca tried to find the discount goal with a shot on goal that ended up blocking the visiting goalkeeper again.

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At 82 ′, Omry Bello with an exquisite stop by hand changed managed to avoid the third goal of the night for the visit. Minutes later, at 86 ′, Diefry Mensú again sought the goal with a powerful shot, however his shot found the goalkeeper well stopped at the near post.

At 88 ′ would arrive the much desired goal cry for the tricolor selected at the feet of Jason Joseph Yambatis that marked the discount and that would give hope to the Dominicans. At 90 + 4 ′, with only seconds to finish the game, captain Edison Azcona would score the second goal that would tie the Quisqueyanos who left them as first in group B and gave them the ticket to the final phase of the World Cup Sub- 20 and put him in the top 16 of Concacaf.

It should be noted that it is the second pre-globalist edition of this category and under this Concacaf format in which the Dominican Republic manages to advance to the round of 16, the first was in 2020, but the contest was suspended due to the pandemic.

The next instance will be played in 2022 and the details will be released by Concacaf in due course.

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