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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Ghana vs Niger, Football Match Result: Ghana beat Niger to book spot in quarter-finals

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Ghana vs Niger, Football Match Result: Ghana beat Niger to book spot in quarter-finals

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Oct 18, 2017 - 19:14 (IST)

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Oct 18, 2017 - 19:11 (IST)

Oct 18, 2017 - 19:03 (IST)

Full time! Ghana 2-0 Niger

Eric Ayiah's first-half penalty and a belter of a goal from substitute Richard Danso gives Ghana a 2-0 victory over Niger. Ghana dominated the match right from the first minute and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Even though Khaled pulled out some fantastic saves, including a second-half Eric Ayiah penalty, Niger barely troubled Danlad in the Ghanaian goal. 

Ghana will now face another of their African rivals as they take on Mali in the quarter-finals in Guwahati on Saturday.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:53 (IST)

90` GOAL! Richard Danso doubles Ghana's lead! Ghana 2-0 Niger

What a strike that is from Richard Danso. The Ghanaian has been on the pitch for only a couple of minutes but his goal has released the pressure on Ghana. He gets the ball outside the box and after a couple of touches he lets fly and even though Khaled manages to get a hand, the shot has too much power on it.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:50 (IST)

85` Penalty saved! Ghana 1-0 Niger

Khaled has been the best player of the match so far and this save highlights that fact. Farouk concedes another penalty as he brings Down Toku. Eric Ayiah, who has already scored from the penalty spot in the first half, steps up to take this one. Khaled goes the right way his teammates run up to their goalkeeper who is definitely pumped up with that save.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:44 (IST)

80` Ghana 1-0 Niger

Khaled has taken a battering today and for the third time, he needs extensive treatment to get him up and running. Khaled charges in to punch away a corner kick but Ghana's Yakubu clatters into him and both require treatment from their medical staff. 

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:40 (IST)

75` Ghana 1-0 Niger

Khaled goes down once again. The Nigerien custodian has single-handedly kept his team in the game till now. Niger make their first substitution as Karim Tinni replaces Habibou Sofiane. Ghana also make a change as Mohammed Iddriss replaces Isaac Gyamfi.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:31 (IST)

65` Ghana 1-0 Niger

Mensah with a miss that will probably haunt for a long long time. Mensah gets on the end of a deflected shot and no one in front to save him, he promptly puts it over the bar. Somewhat like this Dutch player.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:25 (IST)

62` Ghana 1-0 Niger 

Owusu probably didn't recover fully after twisting his ankle a couple of minutes ago and after he slumps back on the pitch, Ghana coach decides to get him off. In comes John Otu for Ghana.

Oct 18, 2017 - 18:21 (IST)

56` Ghana 1-0 Niger

Another Ghanaian player goes down and this time its No 10 Toku. It's a crunching tackle by Niger's Salim and Toku's shin is caught in the follow through. A stretcher is brought on for him and he's taken off to the sideline. Thankfully for Ghana, Toku recovers from the knock and is back on the pitch.

Preview: Two-time champions Ghana will be overwhelming favourites when they take on continental neighbours Niger in a pre-quarterfinal clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Wednesday.

Ghana are strong forces in the age-group competition having won it in 1991 and 1995 and having reached four out of five finals in the 1990s.

But Niger have the ability to cause an upset. In fact, it was Niger that had stopped five-time champions and geographical neighbours Nigeria from entering the competition held in India for the first time in the zonal stage in their home continent.

Niger had pumped in a last-gasp goal against their more fancied and stronger rivals in the return leg after having lost the first leg 0-1 to Nigeria.

They won on aggregate and made it to the CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations competition, the last qualifying stage to book their berth to India.

There too Niger exceeded expectations by earning a 2-2 draw against Angola, losing to another top team Mali 0-1 and beating Tanzania 1-0 to reach the semi-final, where they were beaten on penalties by Ghana, their rivals tomorrow, before losing 1-3 to Guinea in the third-place match.

Here in Group D, they have not been impressive though. They have been beaten by European champions Spain (4-0) and South American champions Brazil (2- 0) and have made it to the Round-of-16 only by beating North Korea 1-0 and finishing third in the group with three points.

It was Salim Abdourahmane who netted their match-winner in the second half against the North Koreans which earned them a last 16 berth by virtue of being one of the four best third-place finishers in the preliminary group stage of the competition.

On the other hand, Ghana reached their first U-17 World Cup for a decade in, at times, stop-start circumstances.

After edging Burkina Faso 6-5 over two legs in the second round of qualification, they saw off Côte d'Ivoire to progress to the CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon. Once there, they hit their stride, defeating Cameroon 4-0 and the hosts 5-0, the latter result securing their spot as the first African side on the plane to India 2017.

After that, the Ghanaians did not score again in regulation time, drawing 0-0 with Guinea in their final group game and with Niger in the semi-finals, winning on penalties to reach the final, where they lost 1-0 to Mali.

But they can frustrate their fans as shown in 0-0 drawn games against Guinea and win on penalties over Niger to enter the final before losing 0-1 to Mali in the final of the continental championships.

In their Group A clashes, Ghana hit their straps by topping it with 1-0 and 4-0 victories over Colombia and hosts India interspersed with a 0-1 loss to the US.

Squads:

Ghana: Danlad Ibrahim, John Out, Gideon Acquah, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Najeeb Yakubu, Eric Ayiah, Ibrahim Sulley, Kudus Mohammed, Richard Danso, Emmanuel Toku, Aminu Mohammed, Abdul Yusif, Gabriel Leveh, Bismark Owusu, Kwame Aziz, Rashid Alhassan, Mohammed Iddriss, Sadiq Ibrahim, Isaac Gyamfi, Michael Acquaye.

Niger: Moussa Laouali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Mahamadou Mahamane, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Ismail Issaka, Ismael Issaka, Inoussa Amadou, Habibou Sofiane, Kairou Amoustapha, Rachid Alfari, Karim Tinni, Djibrilla Ibrahim, Yacouba Aboubacar, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Abdoulaye Boubacar, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane, Hamid Galissoune, Khaled Lawali.

With inputs from IANS

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