India’s run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 came to an end on Thursday as they went down 0-4 against Ghana, who took matters into their hand towards the end, scoring two goals in quick succession.
The Asians were anyway a weak team infront of the mighty African side but the way they held their fort in the first half is commendable.
Hello good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the 2017 U17 World Cup clash between the Black Starlets of Ghana and hosts India.
Both teams have played two matches with Ghana winning one and losing one while India are yet to pick their first win in the competition.
Ghana will need a win to progress to the next stage of the competition while India are chasing their first win in a FIFA organised competition.
Below are line ups of both teams:
National anthems currentlybeing played. Ghana's first and then India's.
01'- Kickoff. India win a corner. Quicklytaken but Danlad makes a brilliant save.
01'- Ghana attacking but ball hooked away for a throw-in for Ghana.
02'- India attacking now but Ghana win back possession but Gyamfi's touch could not locate Ayiah.
03'- Swift attack from India again but Aniket's cross goes off the goal area.
04. Ghana moves towards the India goal area but goalkeeper Dheeraj comes out to make a save.
GOAL ALERT! - Columbia have taken an early lead against the USA under 2 minutes.
05'- Ghana with a swift attack, Sulley beats his marker, rushes towards goal, finds Ayiah on the left and goal for Ghana. But Ayiah is flagged offside.
06'- Free kick for Ghana as Arko Mensah is brought down. Leveh goes for goal but Dheeraj saves.
08'- Ghana on the move again but Ayiah flagged offside again.
09'- Dheeraj sends a long one in, headed out by Mensah. Beautiful display of skill from Ibrahim but Ayiah flagged offside.
10'- Ghana attack again, this time Leveh takes on his marker. Win a corner for Ghana. Wasted!
11'- Great display of confidence from India but Ghana win a throw-in.
12'- Aniket with a cynical tackle on Ibrahim and referee gives a free kick for Ghana.
13'- Arko Mensah behind the ball, sends a long one in but goalkeeper Dheeraj punches the ball away.
13'- India with a swift attack but ball taken by Ibrahim from Aniket. Indian win possession but bit win a foul in the process. Free kick for India.
15'- Free kick cleared by Owusu. India still pushing Ghana to their own half. Ball hooked away from the Ghana area. Suresh controls nicely but wins a foul in the process.
20'- The referee is really officiating a game involving the host nation. Ghana will be at the receiving end of his whistle. GHANA 0-0 INDIA
21'- Great pass from Gyamfi, Ibrahim launches a thunderous drive but goalkeeper Dheeraj saves. Corner for Ghana
22'- Ghana foul as Alhassan is pulled down. Terrific game so far.
23'- Throw-infor India. Taken swiftly but Ghana win another throw-in in the process.
24'- Foul for Ghana as Ibrahim goes down from a Suresh tackle. Free kick
25'- Taken but ball goes straight into the arms of goalkeeper Dheeraj
26'- What a thunderbolt of a strike from Gyamfi but India are safe as the flies over the post.
GOAL ALERT! - USA have equalised against Columbia. It's USA 1-1 Columbia
32'- Sulley on the attack weaves past his marker, brought down but referee waves play on. Throw-in for Ghana.
33'- Cynical tackle from Boris. Free kick for Ghana on the edge of the India penalty area. Can Ghana score?
34'- YELLOW CARD: Boris booked for that cynical tackle.
34'- Wasted effort from captain Eric Ayiah. India regroup. Disappointing kick from the Ghana skipper.
37'- Ghana keeping possession, great run and a cross from Ibrahim but blocked. Corner for Ghana.
38'- India goalie Dheeraj goes down. Player seems to be in pain. Medics attending to him now.
41'- Game resumes as Dheeraj picks on his feet.
41'- Great chance for Ghana, goalkeeper Dheeraj comes off his line, fails to kick the ball away but Arko Mensah kicks anyhow to keep India safe. Poor from the Ghanaian.
42'- GOAL!!!- Eric Ayiah puts Ghana in front with a brilliant kick. Wonderful take-on by Ibrahim, lays a beautiful one in, Dheeraj punches the ball away but Ayiah slides in the rebound. Good show from Ghana.
45+1'- YELLOW CARD: Rashid Alhassan booked for a crazy tackle on an opponent.
45+3'- Beautiful wall passfrom Ibrahim to Sulley but the latter fails to finish well.
45+4'- Sulley moves again, takes a drive but it's blocked. Corner for Ghana. Swiftly taken but wasted as usual.
HT: Ghana 1-0 India - Terrific game from both sides. Ghana showing determination and seriousness with great fluidity and free flowing football. Ghana could score more with their style of playas India will come chasing the equaliser. Great game so far!
46' - Welcome back
46'- YELLOW CARD: Ibrahim booked and will miss Ghana's next game if the Starlets qualify for the knock out stages.
48'- Ghana on the attack but Arko Mensah flagged offside.
50'- Quick break for Ghana, poor kick from Yakubu as India regroup. Ghana could have increased the tally
51'- GOAL!!! - Eric Ayiah makes it two for Ghana. Brilliant run from Arko Mensah, give a great pull out and Ayiah makes it two. Ghana 2-0 India
53'- YELLOW CARD: Amarjit booked for a wicked tackle on Sulley.
55'- GHANA SUB: Emmanuel Toku comes on for Ibrahim Sadiq
56'- Temporary hold up as an Indian player goes down.
58'- INDIA SUB: Ninthoinganba comes on for Nongbamda
61'- Sulley with an opportunity to make it three but goalkeeper Dheeraj make another brilliant save.
61' Throw-in for Ghana.
62'- INDIA SUB: Amarjit comes off for Rahim Ali.
63'- Great deep pass from Gyamfi, Mensah pulls a cross but blocked. Ghana corner. Taken but wasted again.
65'- Ambitious strike from Sulley. Saw the goalkeeper was out of his line and took a great volley from the center but ball lands on ghe roof of the net.
66'- Arko Mensah stretched off. Not too pleasant news for Ghana.
71'- Throw-in for Ghana. Taken but wasted as usual.
73'- Wonderful move by Toku, sends a deep pass, Sulley controls beautifully but Ayiah goes down and fails to make it three. Game on
75'- GHANA SUB: Arko Mensah comes off for Kudus Mohammed
80'- GHANA SUB: Eric Ayiah comes off for Richard Danso
84'- Throw-in for Ghana. Sulley controls nicely but takes an ambitious strike which goes over the bar.
85'- GOAL!!! Richard Danso increases the tally to three with his first touch on the field. Great show from Ghana.
87'- GOAL!!! Emmanuel Toku makes it four for Ghana after a Sulley strike hit the post.
90'- Two minutes of time added on.
90+1'- At this juncture, all that I diabetes can do is to beg the referee to end the game.
FT: GHANA 4-0 INDIA
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter