|Mali's penalty shootout win over Germany means that they will face the U.S. or Serbia in the Under-20 World Cup semis.|
Mali produced one of the shocks of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup coming from behind to beat tournament favourites Germany 4-3 on penalties and advance to the semifinals.
Both sides scored its first three penalties, before Mali's Adama Traore had his penalty saved and Julian Brandt, who had scored Germany's regulation goal, blasted his shot over.
Mali then made it 4-3 and with Niklas Stark needing to score to keep Germany in the shootout, he hooked his shot wide to send Mali, who were beaten semifinalists in 1999, through to meet either the United States or Serbia on Wednesday.
Germany's opening goal in the 38th minute was superb. A Hany Mukhtar free kick deflected skyward off the defensive wall. The Germans brought the ball down coolly and Brandt hit a volley from outside of the penalty area, through traffic, into the corner of the Mali goal.
Defender Souleymane Coulibaly equalised for Mali in the 58th minute after diving to meet an inswinging corner and his glancing shot beat German goalkeeper Marvin Schwaebe and slid into the side netting of the goal.