Yangel Herrera was a decisive figure for Venezuela at the Under-20 World Cup. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
DAEJEON, Korea — Yangel Herrera’s stay in Korea will last a just a little longer.
The New York City FC midfielder captained Venezuela as he played a vital role for the South American side, which reached the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final.
A foul on Herrera set up Venezuela’s goal during regulation before he connected on the game-winning penalty kick to boost the Venezuelans in the shootout at Daejeon World Cup Stadium. Venezuela won the tie-breaker, 4-3, after playing to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes in the semifinal encounter.
After Nicolas De La Cruz’s penalty kick lifted Uruguay into the lead in the 49th minute.
A minute into second-half stoppage time, Herrera was fouled and teammate Samuel Sosa fired a 25-ayrd free kick that sent the game into extratime.
After 30 more minutes, the game needed a shootout to be decided. With the tie-breaker knotted up at 3-3, De La Cruz missed his PK, allowing Herrera to play hero as he converted his attempt to send his side to the finals.
Venezuela will play England at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon Sunday. England defeated Mexico, 1-0, on Dominic Solanke’s 47th-minute goal.