Gambia holds their heads high

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

Neither Austria, nor Gambia have ventured this far. But both have done a lot for their respective countries at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

"I think we have lost honorably," said Gambia head coach Peter Johnson. "I am so proud of my team. They have made me proud and they have made Gambia proud.

"Playing with a great team like Austria with a man down and still be able to give such a great performance I think we should give the boys a pat on the back. We have played extremely well."

Gambia was taking part in their first world championships at any level. They were able to get out of their group with an impressive win over Portugal and another over New Zealand. Last night against Austria, they went down a man but still won over the crowd with their attacking play in the second half.

"We had a lot of determination from the team, especially in the second half," Johnson said. "The players gave it all they had and I think they represented African football very well."

Austria, meanwhile, is heading to the quarters for the first time in their history.

"We don't know how far we can go," said Austrian captain Sebastian Proedl. "This is a big experience, big challenge for us to play here and we're so happy that we have come this far. We hope we can beat the U.S. and move on."


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