Fifa Under-20 World Cup: Germany knocked out on penalties

Germany missed a penalty in the second half when they were 1-0 up against Mali

Tournament favourites Germany have been eliminated from the Fifa Under-20 World Cup after losing on penalties against quarter-final opponents Mali.

"We didn't lose the match because of the opponent, we lost it because of penalties," said Germany coach Frank Wormuth. "It's luck to win."

Mali won the shootout 4-3 after a 1-1 draw in Christchurch, New Zealand, and face Serbia in Wednesday's semi-final.

Senegal meet Brazil in the other last-four tie, also on Wednesday.

Julian Brandt had given Germany a first-half lead before Mali's Souleymane Coulibaly equalised after the break.

Hany Muklhtar missed a penalty when Wormuth's side were 1-0 up while Brandt and Niklas Stark failed to score in the shootout.

German penalty efficiency
Germany's senior men's team have developed a fearsome reputation in penalty shootouts over the years, winning four of their World Cup ties by this method.
Only Argentina have won as many World Cup penalty shootouts as Germany.
West Germany famously beat England in their 1990 World Cup semi-final penalty shootout

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