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Unlucky Maidens lose on penalties in U17 Women's World Cup quarter-final

Published on: 28 March 2014
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Ghana were denied passage to the semi-final of the 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup after losing 4-3 on penalties to Italy on Thursday. 

The Black Maidens were quick to come out of their blocks and scored the opening goal on four minutes.

Naomi Anima intercepted an Italian clearance and sent the ball wide out to Lily Niber Lawrence, who then put in an exceptional cross for Jane Ayieyam to head past Francesca Durante.

But the Italians drew level four minutes later when Gloria Marinelli rose above the crowd inside Ghana’s penalty area to head in Lisa Boattin’s free-kick.

Italy were awarded a controversial penalty in the 17th minute and Manuela Giugliano made no mistake firing past the diving Adams.

They missed a penalty in the second-half, which would have likely put the game out of reach.

However, Ghana continued to press on and Abambila rewarded the Africans’ perseverance with a well-struck free-kick in the 90th minute.

The Maidens had a legitimate goal scored disallowed by the referee before that late equalizer.

During the shoot-out, Ayieyam opened the scoring and Italy stumbled as Boattin’s effort was saved.

Italy caught up in the second round when Ghana missed but Giugliano levelled matters for the Europeans.

Vida Opuku converted Ghana’s penalty and Flaminia Simonetti scored Italy’s third-round kick.

The turning point was when Abambila missed her shot and Annamaria Serturini put the Italians ahead.

Gladys Amfobea scored Ghana’s third penalty but Italy secured passage to the semi-finals when Marta Vergani slotted home to seal the 4-3 win.

Ghana were seeking to go one better than the bronze medal won at the 2012 finals in Azerbaijan.



This article has 31 comment(s), give your comment
  • AI says:
    March 28, 2014 02:17 am
    Im proud of the girls, they gave their all and showed resilience to score the goal that sent the game to penalties. @Nana spot on, its not that African teams aren't capable of winning a World Cup, but the disgraceful act of match fixing and refs taking bribes etc, its just ruining the beautiful game. Nonetheless, Kudos to the black maidens
  • Richmond says:
    March 28, 2014 01:55 am
    did the Italians bribe the referee or it was just racism at it's best? the referee is the worst I've seen at the international level. disgraceful officiating. well done to the girls. they didn't lose, the referee lost them the match.
  • Nana(RSA) says:
    March 28, 2014 02:03 am
    Our girls were robbed. Honestly, this is the reason why African Countries have failed to win World Cup till date. The referee was the Italians 12th men. We scored a clear goal when there was still time and the last goal could have taken us to the semis. Sorry girls, you did your best and you represented Ghana well. Next time we might need more practice on Penalties. But all the same, you did your best. We are proud of you.
  • AK says:
    March 28, 2014 02:39 am
    The refree was terrible! WOW! I still can't believe these things can happen at the highest level. Italy virtually did not play the second half yet they qualified.I feel especially heart broken for the young ladies. Most of them are playing for their futures because there's nothing (in terms of football) for them to come home to. If I did not know better, I might say it was a deliberate ploy to kick them out of the competition. I pray and wish these ladies the best in their future endeavours. Very sad!
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 28, 2014 02:59 am
    What are you talking about? There is a womens league in Ghana and they can look forward to the U20's and for some the next U17's...
  • Kofi USA says:
    March 28, 2014 03:00 am
    unlucky? You call this unlucky? Are you kidding me? Ghana was robbed, plain and simple. Two penalties for the Europeans which you call "controversial, " I call it rubbing the black girls. And yet when a black girl is brought down in the box, there is no whistle. A black girl is brought down again a second time in the box. This time there is a whistle but referee moves the ball outside the box so that it's not a penalty kick. The black girls score a goal and referee disallows, claiming offside, whereas Italian defender was clearly standing on the goal line. Maidens were not "Unlucky," they were robbed. This is FIFA at it's best. A victory for Ghana means semifinals, and therefore money for Ghana and not Italy. African nations will have submit united petitions to FIFA about these practices in order to keep FIFA in check. BRAVO MAIDENS!
  • alomos says:
    March 28, 2014 03:50 am
    The referee made terrible errors during the match. The referees were correct in disallowing Amfobea's goal in second half hence Ghana wasn't robbed of a goal there. Amfobea was closer to the goal line than both the ball and the second to last defender (she wouldn't have been offside if another defender was levelled or behind her when she touched the ball. The first penalty for Italy (in the first half) has no basis hence a very dubios one. The second pk for Italia is somewhat arguable--however if that is anything to go by then the game has some upward hills to climb-the referee was so far from the incident. However many referees wouldn't call that a foul not even in your backyard Sunday league-the striker had no chance on the ball once she kicked it fwd and Adam's slidding carried her through it wasn't deliberate. Ghana should've had a penalty when Piemote (no. 18 for Italia) clearly handled the ball in her own 18 yd box. The referee whistled and the restart was retake of the free kick which Ghana scored on. Ghana shd sue if the Japanese referee Fusako KAJIYAMA isn't sent home and still referees in this tournament.
  • alomos says:
    March 28, 2014 04:06 am
    when a player encroaches on the ball before a ceremonial free kick the referee applies advantage-(wait and see) however in this case the referee restarts play with a retake of the original free kick though Piemonte (the player who encroached) clearly handled the ball in her penalty area -the referee refused to apply advantage hence errred however Ghana scored on the ensuring free kick. she was right to caution the encroached player however the restart after the caution should have been a kick from 12 yards instead of do over (or retake of the free kick).
  • Mumbi says:
    March 28, 2014 04:13 am
    Good Refering. Age cheaters always complain. Those tired prostitutes avarages 24 but u call them u-17? Stupid Apes! Selfmade the infamouse dog was busy having sex with those women and u expect them to beat real u-17 italy. Shut Your Beaks all of u.
  • Peewee says:
    March 28, 2014 05:50 am
    I think GSN's got to do something about these morons who come to this forum not to contribute, but only to insult, harass, and abuse people. They can start by making sure you're a registered member in order to post. By so doing all the bad nuts can be weeded out. They can also track the lP address of visitors to the forums, and ban those who infringe on their rules for good, to make it safe for all.
  • Papa USA says:
    March 28, 2014 04:17 am
    It will be great shame if the coaches and the ghana GFA does not pick an issue with this nonsense with officiating or we will continue to be second best to these fools who think they are better than us because of their skin color. I really think one of these days players got to walk off the field when such shameful act occurs.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 28, 2014 04:25 am
    Zambian animal... Dirty criminal... Useless Zambian fool...
  • Adebayo says:
    March 28, 2014 05:12 am
    GSN, you cannot permit foreigners to hijack our website and insult our sisters and daughters. Please edit out dirty insulting language like that of Mumbi!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 28, 2014 05:13 am
    Our girls didn't deserve to loose at all, am glad some of you watched the game and acknowledged the fact that we were completely robbed. It was this bitch of a Japanese referee and her crook assistants that stood between our girls and total victory. Mern WFT was I watching? One of the most shocking officiating I have never seen in my life, I watched the game online and the Eurosport commentators were amazed by the shocking decisions of the referee, it was just unbelievable. The first dubious PK was no where near the arm of the GH player in fact the ball rather touched the arm of the Italian player instead the PK was awarded to the Italians. The second PK was a one on one situation with the GK and the onrushing Italian striker just run into our GK, I was shocked to the bone that she awarded another dubious PK. In fact we had a legitimate PK when the #14 was clipped inside the 18 yard box which wasn't given, the most shocking of it all was the legitimate goal that was disallowed. 4 dubious decisions going against us, its just unfortunate that our girls will be coming home cuz for me they didn't deserved to loose this game at all from the balance of play buh for those dubious refereeing decisions. Am not tryna give excuses for our lose buh anyone who watched the game can attest to the fact the girls were clearly robbed. I was impressed with their fighting spirit, they showed lotta character to snatch the late equalizer despite having their legitimate goal disallowed earlier on.
  • Peewee says:
    March 28, 2014 05:52 am
    I think GSN's got to do something about these morons who come to this forum not to contribute, but only to insult, harass, and abuse people. They can start by making sure you're a registered member in order to post. By so doing all the bad nuts can be weeded out. They can also track the lP address of visitors to the forums, and ban those who infringe on their rules for good, to make the site safe for all.
  • Nana(RSA) says:
    March 28, 2014 05:54 am
    Max, you are absolutely right. I watched the game and it appears there was a pre-determined plan to exclude our girls from this tournament. As I said earlier, the referee was the 12th Italian girl. Football is a game and no matter what there must be a looser but when the looser lost because they were robbed then the game is not fair, transparent and enjoyable. It is high time such referees are brought in to book and punish severely for such bias decision-making. How did she see the controversial penalties of the Italians but could not see the clear penalties and goal of the Ghanaians? This is very unfair, if they do not want us to progress to the semis and will pass every nook and cranny to prevent us; why do they call it World Cup?
  • King says:
    March 28, 2014 06:25 am
    Hmmm I hadly give comments on gsn. But I am force to write something to xpress my feelings regarding the bad officiating meted on our ladies. At a point during the match, I thought I was watching a gutter to gutter football match between a class one pupil and jhs student where the latter has the power to bully the former. This referee was not only a disgrace to FIFA and Japan alone but a disgrace to women in general. I am yet to decifer why she awarded those two penalties to Italy. I am yet to come to terms with why Jane was not given a penalty after 1: the Italian handle the ball and 2: she Jane was bundled in the penalty box. Embarrassing refereeing I have ever seen at the world stage. It seems to me as if the referee was not aware of the rules of the game. She must b sacked by FIFA.
  • MD says:
    March 28, 2014 06:35 am
    Remember two years ago Ghana girls beat an impressive Japan side that was destined to win the tournament at the same U17 level. The referee just paid back the loss of Japan in Azerbejdzan when the maiden won bronze. She probable think that Ghana could go all the way to meet Japan in the final and beat them again. To avoid that she intentional conspired to eliminate Ghana. Right now she is guilty of her action in her hotel room. I hope Venezuela eliminate Japan so that her thinking will come to zero.
  • King says:
    March 28, 2014 06:36 am
    Eve though I am very disappointed by the bad officiating, my disappointment increased doubled fold bcos I was xpecting to wake up this monin to see a headline by gsn that read like: ghana black maidens robbed, Japanese referee must be sanction. Yes! these are some of the reports and the news that shd dominate our headlines to make FIFA and other football organizations aware of some of the barbaric and calculated efforts some white bitches are trying tame African soccer. Instead of gsn champoning this kind of good course you will rather see them reporting on unimportant issues like inkom's wife flaunt her curves, kpb's African tattoo, among many useless and unprofitBle reports. God punish you guys at gsn
  • AK says:
    March 28, 2014 06:52 am
    Ofcourse I know what I'm talking about! What is the state of the local league and juvenile football even for the men? What about the women's game? What happens to those who are not promoted to the other national teams? What are the prospects of male and female footballers who ply their trade in this country both at the juvenile and professional levels? I KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
  • gee says:
    March 28, 2014 06:38 am
    In my humble opinion the gals should ge given the winning bonus set for the match. Bcos they actually won this game but were just denied by that robber of a referee. They deserve the money.
  • Joe Boi,[email protected] says:
    March 28, 2014 07:18 am
    This is the worst officiating i have ever seen at the world stage,i can put all my hands on my chest and boast that we didnt lost the match but the referee lost us the match,the referee was wearing thier 12th jersey,infarct the scene was very upsetting and i think FIFA must investigate and find possible ways and means to punish the referee because Ghanaians are tired of this kind of head-games but all the same a big congratulations to the girls,may God richly bless them and see them through all their endeavours.
  • pk says:
    March 28, 2014 07:31 am
    Well done, gallant BM. You were simply robbed. Disgraceful officiating. Ranks amongst the worst. Shameful. GFA should act.
  • John says:
    March 28, 2014 08:14 am
    I normally don't like giving comments, but I can't shout up this time about watching this game. Most of the times I hate watching wc involving African country cuz I so mad at the end. WOW WOW WOW. Even if they paid this ref, does she hv to make it look so clear n obvious that she cheating. Omg, sake 2 penalties, deny ghana 2 penalties, calls fouls, wen is not, deny ghana every foul, sometimes she calls ghana fouls for Italy. Are you serious, this is a wc not hs games. S/O to Ghana, u guys won the game in my book. Great great play. Ball possession 75 to 25. I got so mad that I hv to turn off my laptop. Shame on FIFA. John from South Africa.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 28, 2014 08:59 am
    That referee's head should be cut off,.,
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 28, 2014 08:44 pm
    haha oh brother please say that again. gun are in the pockets of these white people as well oooo...
  • jeff says:
    March 28, 2014 05:17 pm
    @nana what are you doing in our land.leave southern africa alone sha wena!!!!!!!!
  • Chu says:
    March 28, 2014 11:41 am
    Kajiyama, go watch that game again and tell me you never hid you stupid face in your sofa. Let's see what Sepp do about this womans future
  • SNOW DEMON (Ardeness Clervaux River) says:
    March 28, 2014 11:32 am
  • aberico says:
    March 28, 2014 11:12 am
    I'm proud of the girls, they outplaid the racists and they were robbed completely. We applaud them for their resilience and indefatigable display in the game. The white-racist should bow their heads in shame!
  • Papa USA says:
    March 28, 2014 10:19 am
    Fifa is the most corrupt organization in the world, do you agree????