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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, India vs Ghana, Football Match result: India lose to Ghana, bow out of tournament

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, India vs Ghana, Football Match result: India lose to Ghana, bow out of tournament

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Oct 12, 2017 - 22:09 (IST)

The Indian players applaud the crowd who have supported them massively in the three matches. Dheeraj Singh, India's best player in the tournament, is inconsolable as he walks around the pitch. It has been a wonderful experience for these youngsters as well as the fans in this tournament. From hearing the national anthem being sung for the first time at a FIFA tournament to witnessing an Indian player score the country's first ever goal at a World Cup, it has been a proud achievement for the country. 

That's it from us here tonight. Thank you for being with us. Goodnight! 

Oct 12, 2017 - 22:02 (IST)

Full time. USA 1-3 Colombia

It's full time in Mumbai. Colombia beat United States 3-1 to finish second in Group A behind Ghana. The US, who began the day on top now, have to settle for a third-place finish. Top three teams in Group A qualify for the next stage. What a night! What a game!

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:59 (IST)

Colombia score again!!! It's 3-1 now! With Ghana leading 4-0 against India, it's the Africans who top Group A as things stand. Colombia are now second and the US are third with both teams tied on points, goal difference and goal scored. But Colombia who are leading the US 3-1 have a superior head to head record.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:59 (IST)

India saved its worst for the last. All evening, it was difficult for the hosts to string a decent move together and one struggles to think of a single high point. Outplayed, outmanoeuvred, outclassed. Ghana was way too good for India. The World Cup will miss the crowds attracted by Matos’ boys but it won’t miss their football. As expected, India go out of the tournament in the group stage. The three matches have been a lesson in football for the Boys in Blue.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:57 (IST)

Full-time! India bow out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after a 4-0 loss to Ghana.

And India's World Cup journey is over. The Indian players collapse on the turf and a couple of them break into tears. The Ghanaian players go towards the small pocket of Ghana fans in the stadium and break into a choreographed dance move. Painful end to India's first forray into a FIFA World Cup.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:51 (IST)

89` Ghana 4-0 India

Lalengmawia excited the crowd with a tame shot. Now, he contributes to the silence as Leveh dispossesses him to set substitute Richardo Danso through. The result is a consummate finish. And it’s 4-0 in the next minute! India’s energy levels have dropped significantly. Ibrahim Sulley’s angled shot hits the foot of the post and falls nicely for Emmanuel Toku to stroke it home. As it stands, Ghana looks set to be the Group A winner.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:50 (IST)

87` 2 GOALS in 2 minutes for Ghana! Ghana 4-0 India

Both the Ghanaian substitutes add their name to the goal sheet. Danso runs clear of the Indian defence before slotting it calmly past Dheeraj. A minute later, Toku hits the back of the net from the rebound after Sulley's shot cannons back off the post.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:46 (IST)

83` Ghana 2-0 India

Lalengmawia with a better attempt from long range and it seems that India might pull one back but Danlad stops the ball with an outstretched palm before claiming it after a couple of bounces.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:44 (IST)

82` Ghana 2-0 India

Final roll of dice by coach Luis Norton de Matos. He gives Lalengmawia his first taste of the tournament as Aniket Jadhav goes off. This substitution confirms that Komal Thatal, who had been warming up for a while, will not feature again in this World Cup. It seems rather strange that after his not so poor display in the first game, Thatal has been totally ignored. It will be interesting to learn the coach’s thoughts on this after the game. India could certainly have done with his pace on a day when we saw the biggest turnout here. The official figure is 52,614.

Oct 12, 2017 - 21:43 (IST)

80` Ghana 2-0 India

With 10 minutes to go, India have their first shot on target. Rahul belts it at Danlad but it is straight at the Ghanaian keeper. Final change for Ghana as the goal-scorer Eric Ayiah comes off for Richard Danso. It has been a very good night for the Ghana skipper. 

Click here for live coverage of the match between USA and Colombia.

Preview: India are bracing up for another tough test against Ghana on Thursday as they need a win by a big margin to keep their hopes alive for qualification to the Round-of-16 of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

India have suffered two losses from as many games in Group A, against the United States (0-3) and Colombia (1-2) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The US leads the group with six wins, while Ghana and Colombia have three points each.

Hence, India will not only have to win by a big margin but also hope that Colombia loses to the US by a big margin in the other match of the day. If the two teams end up with the same number of points, goal difference will be taken into consideration.

Luis Norton de Matos' boys have, however, won hearts all over for their brave show against higher-ranked Colombia. Jeakson Singh Thounaojam etched his name in Indian history books by becoming the first goal-scorer in a FIFA World Cup of any age-group.

With ambition running high in the squad, the Colts are aiming for nothing less than a win that would eventually propel them into contention of progression.

"We will go for nothing less than a win. We have shown the world that we belong on the same page as them and now we want to show that we can win against them," insisted head coach Matos.

"Ghana will be a physical as well as a mental challenge for us. They (Ghana) are a strong physical team who are quick on the ball. We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match if we are to secure a win," he added.

"However, the boys are ready for the challenge that will be thrown in front of them. We will give it our all and aim to create history once again."

Central midfielder and skipper Amarjit Singh added: "We have the utmost respect for our opponents but we will give them a very tough fight, even tougher than we gave Colombia.

"It is a matter of survival and we will do anything to go into the next round."

Ghana like to play fast football, using the pacy flank players Sadiq Ibrahim and Aminu Mohammed. Captain Eric Ayiah is a dangerous customer up front. To contain these two will demand superb performances from India's backline of Boris Singh, Namit Deshpande, Anwar Ali and Sanjeev Stalin. India's goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem will also have to be on guard.

Jeakson and Amarjit will start in midfield, while right-winger Ninthoinganba Meetei has earned his place. Attacking midfielder Abhijit Sarkar is also a certainty and the battle for the left wing spot will be between Rahul Kannoly or Komal Thatal.

It is also not clear whom Matos will put up front. It looks like Rahim Ali will earn second consecutive chance ahead of Aniket Jadhav.

Mohun Bagan academy product Rahim impressed with his pressing against Colombia and Matos may field him again from the start against Ghana defenders Gideon Acquah, Gideon Mensah and Abdul Yusif and create problems for goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim.

Goalkeeper Dheeraj called for even more support from India crowd against Ghana.

"Against Ghana, we will need a lot of support. We will give it our very best on the pitch. I expect all to be cheering for us like they have done for us. We won't disappoint them. Come and back the blue," he said.

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