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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 quarter-final, Mali vs Ghana, Football Match Result: Mali beat Ghana to reach semis

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 quarter-final, Mali vs Ghana, Football Match Result: Mali beat Ghana to reach semis

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Oct 21, 2017 - 19:04 (IST)

Oct 21, 2017 - 19:04 (IST)

Full time. Mali 2-1 Ghana.

Mali are the first team into the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a comfortable win over Ghana. The African champions were on point with their tactical gameplan as well as execution and reduced the strong Ghana side to mere onlookers as they mounted attack after attack in the first half.

In poor playing conditions amidst heavy rainfall, as Ghana struggled to get the ball on their feet and build their game, Mali shone through with their simple yet effective approach.

A penalty midway through the second half raised Ghana's hopes of coming back into the quarter-final but a solid back four of Mali held on for a fine victory at Guwahati.

Oct 21, 2017 - 19:03 (IST)

Full time! Mali beat Ghana 2-1

Mali hold on to their lead and beat Ghana 2-1 to become the first team to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. Goals from Hadji Drame and Djemoussa had given Mali the lead but Ghana pulled one back from a Kudus Mohammed penalty. Mali endured a nervous final 15 minutes but Ghana failed to find the back of the net.

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:54 (IST)

90+6 Mali 2-1 Ghana

Mali with possibly the final chance of the game but Camara's free-kick is straight at the goalkeeper.

 
 

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:51 (IST)

90+3 Mali 2-1 Ghana

An injury has forced off Ghana's Gideon Mensah and they now have to play the remaining period with ten men as the strong, vociferous Ghanaian support in the crowd looks on dejected.

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:48 (IST)

89` Mali 2-1 Ghana

Mali have been sharp in the last few minutes, attempting to put the game to bed with another goal, but their final product hasn't been up to par.

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:44 (IST)

85` Mali 2-1 Ghana

We are into the final five minutes of normal time as Ghana remain in search of an equalizer. Ghana have enjoyed the crowd support at Guwahati but the scoreline could have been different if only they produced the urgency they have shown in the last fifteen minutes, earlier in the match.

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:39 (IST)

80` Mali 2-1 Ghana

The next goal could very well decide the course of this game as Ghana have their tails up ever since they reduced the deficit. Although Mali's defence has remained calm under pressure, Ghana believe they can get another goal as their consecutive attacking forays into the final third suggest.

Oct 21, 2017 - 18:34 (IST)

74` Mali 2-1 Ghana

Ghana sense an opportunity here as Aminu Mohammed comes on for Emmanuel Toku, in Ghana's final substitution while Mali bring on Doucoure to tighten up the midfield.

Preview: Ghana will be out to settle scores when they meet west African rivals Mal in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.

The contest will be a replay of the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon earlier this year where Mali defeated Ghana 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike by Mamadou Samake.

Ghana have been the more impressive team in this competition and will fancy their chances of extracting revenge for the defeat in Gabon.

Ghana will be boosted by the return of right winger Sadiq Ibrahim who was suspended for the Round of 16 clash against Niger.

Sadiq was impressive in the group matches, creating all sorts of problems for rival defences with his speed and accurate balls into the box.

Rashid Alhassan has also performed well down the left flank and with skipper Eric Ayiah and striker Emmanuel Toku making good use of the service from the wings with their excellent finishing and off the ball movement, Ghana have the ability to crack open any defence in this tournament.

Mali, however, will not be easy opponents.

They have won the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations twice in a row — the first team to do so in the history of the tournament.

Although they do not possess the attacking ability of Ghana, Mali does boast of a well-oiled defensive structure which may give the Ghana forwards a run for their money.

Mali have the ability to score from outside the rival penalty box and the Ghana defenders as well as their goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim will have to be on their toes.

It should be a tough, physical battle between two sets of players with superb tactical acumen and the local crowd at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium are in for a cracker of a contest.

With inputs from IANS.

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