Spurs' Velkjovic to meet Manchester United's Pereira in U20 World Cup final

The Spurs man helped Serbia beat Mali to set up a final against Brazil in the U20 World Cup, which includes Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.

Spurs defender Milos Veljkovic has made it to the U20 World Cup final, after Serbia beat Mali 2-1 in Auckland, setting up a final with Brazil on Saturday.

It is a Brazil side that includes Manchester United starlet Andreas Pereira.

The Tottenham Hotspur youth star has started every match of Serbia's route to the final in New Zealand, though he and his teammates haven't done things the easy way since moving into the knockout stages.

Serbia won two penalties shootouts to get to the semi-final stage, and then against Mali, couldn't dispatch their opponent in normal time, needing an extra 30 minutes to get the winner.

Big things are expected of both Veljkovic and Pereira at their respective clubs. The Serbian youngster made his debut for Spurs under Tim Sherwood in the 2013-14 season, also appearing under Mauricio Pochettino in the recent campaign in the Europa League. The 19-year-old also took in two ill-fated loan spells at Championship clubs Middlesbrough and Charlton last season, though may now be eager to step up to Tottenham's first team squad considering his form in the World Cup.

Belgian born Pereira made his league debut against Spurs in United's 3-0 win at Old Trafford. He is arguably the club's most promising midfielder, and though he didn't feature in Brazil's comfortable 5-0 demolition of Senegal in the other semi-final, Pereira will be hoping to play a part in the final, having proved himself a reliable penalty taker over the course of the tournament.

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