Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

U-17 WC INDIA 2017: Ghana lose 0-1 to USA

U-17 WC INDIA 2017: Ghana lose 0-1 to USA

The Ghanaians lost most of their ball possession to U.S. in the first half which made the young Yankees dictate the pace of the game and also take control of the midfield.

United States secured their passage into the round of 16 riding on substitute Ayo Akinola's 75-minute strike for a 1-0 victory over Ghana in an enthralling Group A game of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup 2017 on Monday.

Ten minutes later a clash of heads between USA captain Josh Sargent and Black Starlets Abdul Yusif reduced Ghana to 10 men as both sides had already used all three subs and Yusif could not re-enter the match due to injury.

He is yet to fully recover from a bruising tackle in that match, although he participated in recovery training a day after Ghana accounted for Colombia.

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"But today was a tough match for both teams".

Second half substitute Caicedo had Colombia's best chance of the match in the 80th minute as he was sent free at the edge of the Ghana box but his low right-footed grounder beat the goalkeeper but went out inches off the left upright.

Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger will be representing Africa at the tournament.

With Ghana beginning their World Cup with a victory, the players of the national team treated the 24,300 people in the stadium to their traditional dancing.

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In a battle for the top spot in the group, both Ghana and US showed enterprise and even though the Americans dominated possession, the Africans looked risky with their speed and had eight attempts on target to their opponents' six in the first half.

The other match in Group A was played between India and Columbia, the latter won 2-1 and hammered the host nation to two defeats.

The tie will be live at 11.30am on free-to-air channels GTV Sports Plus and Kwese Free Sports as well as on pay television channel Star-Times.

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