Mehmet's hopes dashed

Deniz Mehmet's bid for FIFA Under-17 World Cup glory came to an end in the cruellest of fashions on Sunday evening.

Mehmet's Turkey appeared on course for a semi-final meeting with Switzerland after reaching the closing stages a goal up on Colombia through Muhammet Demir's 20th-minute strike.

However, the South Americans hit back in the 90th minute through substitute Jorge Luis Ramos before going on to progress 5-3 on penalties in the Nigerian city of Bauchi.

The result brought the competition to a disappointing yet proud end for Mehmet and his team-mates, who had reached the quarter-finals following impressive victories over Burkina Faso, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.

The London-based goalkeeper will now return to Little Heath, where he will hope to use the experience gained while in Africa to boost West Ham United's FA Premier Academy League campaign.