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ISTANBUL, Turkey -- South Korea beat Colombia in a penalty shootout at the Under-20 World Cup on Wednesday to join Ghana, Chile and Iraq in the quarterfinals. Gerson Bautista Mariners Jersey . Having played out a 1-1 draw after extra time, Colombia was trailing 8-7 in the shootout when defender Daivy Balanta sent the last penalty over the crossbar. South Korea will now play Iraq, which needed extra time to beat Paraguay 1-0. Ghana and Chile will meet in the quarterfinals after both teams won their last-16 matches over 90 minutes earlier in the day. Ghana came from a goal down to beat Portugal 3-2 while two late goals earned the Chileans a 2-0 victory over Croatia. Balantas spot-kick wasnt the only one that failed to find the net. Earlier in the series, Song Ju-hun missed for South Korea while Felipe Aguilar saw his attempt saved by goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun. Song had given South Korea the lead in the 16th minute when he beat goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla with a low shot after the Colombia defence failed to clear from the area. Colombia pressed long for an equalizer and had to wait until the fourth minute of injury time before captain Juan Quintero scored with a fierce free kick that beat Lee at the near post. The penalty shootout soon became inevitable as neither side was willing to take any risks by pushing forward in extra time. It was different story in the other late game, though, after Iraq and Paraguay has finished 0-0 after 90 minutes, with the South Americans having been reduced to 10 men in the 80th. Iraq substitute Farhan Shakor scored the only goal with a firm header past goalkeeper Diego Morel in the fourth minute of extra time. Paraguay, which defeated Argentina in qualifying, was without suspended captain Gustavo Gomez. It also lost Arnaldo Sanabria, who was booked in the 70th and sent off after another foul 10 minutes later. Iraq continued a remarkable run in its first appearance in the tournament for 12 years. It won Group E, where it drew 2-2 with England, and will now play in the quarterfinals for the second time -- having also reached the last eight in 1989. Earlier, substitute Yiadom Boakye set up the equalizer and then scored a late winner as Ghana rallied to beat Portugal. Ghana was 2-1 down when Boakye came on the 75th. Four minutes later, Portugal goalkeeper Jose Sa saved his shot but allowed Michael Anaba to pounce on the rebound for the equalizer. Boakye then followed up by sending a free kick through the two-man wall in the 85th. Kennedy Ashia had put Ghana ahead with a 25-meter (yard) effort in the 19th minute. However, defenders Tiago Ferreira and Edgar both scored within the space of three minutes to put Portugal 2-1 up in the 73rd. Ghana was the last team to qualify for the knockout stage, after losing two group matches and narrowly advancing on goal difference following a 4-1 defeat of the United States. Portugal, the 2011 runner-up, had scored the most goals in the group stage but failed to convert two early chances. Aladje was left unmarked but sent his effort over the crossbar after 15 seconds while Bruma, who scored five times in three group matches, shot wide a minute later. Portugal dominated possession but ultimately paid the price for failing to make it count. Chile similarly controlled large parts of its match against Croatia, which has never gone beyond the round of 16, but created few chances. Nicolas Castillo finally broke the deadlock when he was set up by Sebastian Martinez and headed the ball backward over Croatia goalkeeper Oliver Zelenika in the 81st. Four minutes later, Croatia defender Jozo Simunovic sent a Christian Bravo cross past his own goalkeeper. Chile finished third in 2007 but failed to qualify for the next two editions. The other two quarterfinals are France vs. Uzbekistan and Uruguay vs. Spain. Edgar Martinez Mariners Jersey . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. Mallex Smith Jersey . The Browns coaching search remains incomplete. https:///...jersey-mariners.html . Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Serena. Simone. Solo.It shouldnt come as a surprise that some of the best-recognized names on the U.S. Olympic team belong to women. The Americans brought 292 women to Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic record for a single country. Their first gold medal of the games -- won Saturday by a woman, of course: Ginny Thrasher in shooting. Reporters from The Associated Press predicted the United States would capture 128 medals -- 69 by women and 59 by men.Among those winners could be:-Serena Williams, who already has four gold medals and could win two more -- one in singles and another in doubles, along with her sister, Venus.-Simone Biles, who has a legitimate chance to pull in a record five gold medals from gymnastics.-Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the soccer team, which is trying for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal.-Katie Ledecky, a medal contender in five swimming events.This is the second straight Summer Games in which women have outnumbered men on Team USA. But when the number reached 292 for this Olympics, the Americans had a record. It was three more than China entered into the Beijing Games eight years ago.Its a surge that has peaked this decade, now 44 years since the passage of Title IX, the law that opened doors for women in college sports around the country. Many competing in the Olympics are either in, or about to become part of, the third generation of women to compete at the college level since the law was passed.We got a great head start in the U.S. because of the support they had in their schools and their colleges growing up, said Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. You look at 10, 15 years after the passage of Title IX, how great an impact that started having. You combine it with the collegiate structure we have and that helps define the success.No womens sport has become more high profile than basketball since Title IX. The U.S. has won six of seven gold medals since 1984 -- about the time the true impact of the law started being felt. Another win this year would strike a poignant note in the wake of the recent passing of Pat Summitt, the longtimee Tennessee coach who pioneered the surge in womens hoops over decades. Richie Zisk Mariners Jersey. .I look at the younger generation of womens basketball players and there is such a tremendous boat load of talent from, say, 10 years ago, said Geno Auriemma of UConn, who is coaching the U.S. team.He said Title IX led to the full funding of college sports across the board, which has led to the U.S. catching up in a few sports, like volleyball, and dominating in others.Weve talked about water polo, and how much weve had players before us pioneer our sport, said Maggie Steffens of the defending-champion U.S. team. Womens water polo wasnt even in the Olympics until 2000. And we had women who, in 76 and the `80s and `90s, dreamed of being in the Olympics and never got that opportunity, but made sure it happened for us. We want to make sure we do the best we can to represent those women.Womens soccer has enjoyed far more success than the mens game in the United States. The men didnt qualify for the Olympics. The women are favored to win gold for the fifth time since they were brought onto the Olympic program in 1996. On Saturday, Solo became the first goalkeeper to appear in 200 games in international play.Medal-contending women fill the U.S. roster -- young and old and in sports ranging from archery to weightlifting.At 16, hurdler Sydney McLaughlin will be the youngest to compete for the U.S. Olympic track team since 1972.At 30, Natasha Hastings is making her second Olympic appearance and could factor into the 400-meter mix, as well as the relay team. Though plenty of amazing women have run for the U.S. over the years, when Hastings looks for inspiration, she has plenty of choices. Hers happens to be a tennis player.Serena Williams is my sports female hero, Hastings said. Ive watched her and her sister play tennis since they were 12 or 13 and just change the game. What theyve done for womens sports, to me, is just amazing.---AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg contributed to this report. ' ' '