Here at HITC we have been following the FIFA World Under-20 Championships in Turkey with gusto this summer as the crème de la crème of world junior talent faced off to be crowned world champions; and la crème certainly did rise to the top.
France have become the champions after defeating Uruguay on penalties at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul and the result we all expected at the start of the competition has come to fruition.
In all honesty the game was a drab affair played in front of an uninspiring crowd and after 120 minutes of lifeless football the game eventually went down to a penalty shoot-out; where France overcame their South American rivals to be crowned the best in the world.
But the real reason Premier League teams would have paid attention to this tie would be to keep an eye on two starlets at two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Arsenal and Manchester United, for all the apparent gesticulating toward Real Madrid and Barcelona talents respectively this summer, have both only signed one player so far in pre-season.
And the pair have been integral members of the opposing teams from last night.
But last night would not have been the best occasion to tune in.
Yaya Sanogo signed for The Gunners from Auxerre this summer and has been in fine fiddle recently.
But he did not add to his impressive tally of four goals in the final as he toiled away up front with no avail.
As for Guillermo Varela; he has also been impressive in the tournament so far.
Something of a rough diamond for sure but his dynamic displays have been exciting and United fans will be looking forward to studying his progress next season.
He has been a regular in the Uruguay starting line-up; starting in every single game at the competition … until last night’s final.
Because he was inexplicably dropped for the more defensive minded Emiliano Velazquez last night with no hint of an injury to keep him out of the side.
In the end Varela did get on the pitch in the 84th minute.
His replacement Velazquez however had a night to forget; missing the first penalty as Uruguay faltered from 12 yards.
Perhaps Uruguay should have stuck with Varela.
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