FIFA U-17 World Cup, Mali vs Ghana, full football score, highlights: MLI 2-1 GHA
Ghana beat Mali 2-1 to qualify for the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Get full football score and highlights of Mali vs Ghana here.Updated: Oct 21, 2017 19:13 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The last man standing from Africa was decided in Guwahati today as Ghana played Mali in the quarterfinal match of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The fixture was a repeat of this year’s U-17 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon where Mali successfully defended their title with a 1-0 win over Black Starlets Ghana. Hadji Drame gave Mali an early lead and Djemoussa Traore doubled their lead in the second half. Kudus Mohammed scored a penalty to half the deficit for Ghana but Mali held on and qualified for the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Get full football score and highlights of Mali vs Ghana here. (SCHEDULE | LIVE STREAMING INFO | RESULTS)
6:57 PM IST: That’s it from our side, thank you so much for joining us!
6:52 PM IST: Full-time: Mali 2-1 Ghana. Ghana’s relentless attacking just wasn’t enough as Mali withstood their pressure and have made it through the semi-finals of the tournament.
6:48 PM IST: Game is now in injury time and Mali look all but set to make it through the next round.
6:44 PM IST: Regular time is about to finish soon. Can Ghana find a late equaliser?
6:39 PM IST: The pitch is hampering play considerably. However, as long as the scoreline remains this way, Mali won’t complain.
6:35 PM IST: Mali remove goalscorer Hadji Drame. On comes Seme Camara in his replacement.
6:32 PM IST: Mali come close to scoring now. The game is still in their favour, but another goal now would finish the match for good.
6:29 PM IST: Ghana need to attack even more now. An equaliser now would almost certainly take the game to penalties.
6:25 PM IST: GOAL! Kudus Mohammed scores the spot kick to give Ghana a lifeline.
6:23 PM: PENALTY TO GHANA!
6:21 PM IST: Mali’s patience has paid off as Ghana finally made a mistake and Mali made them pay for it. The game looks all but over at this point.
6:17 PM IST: GOAL! Djemoussa Traore scores Mali’s second. Horrible error from Ghana goalkeeper Danlad as he rushes off his line and Traore slots home from distance.
6:15 PM IST: Mali are well set up defensively. Ghana need to make the most of their possession.
6:12 PM IST: Iddriss comes close again for Ghana! He only manages to hit the side netting though.
6:09 PM IST: Ghana are showing some spark up front but Mali defending well. It’s a very tactical game at present.
6:05 PM IST: More of the same in the second half. Mali seem content to sit back and defend, but that is a bit of a risky approach with a lead this slim.
6:00 PM IST: And the second half is now underway.
5:46 PM IST: Half-time: Mali 1-0 Ghana. Hadji Drame’s strike separates the two African powerhouses. Can Ghana get back into the game in the second half? Join us in 15 minutes to find out.
5:42 PM IST: Ghana are pushing forward in search of an equaliser. If they get it before half-time, the complexion of the game will be drastically altered.
5:39 PM IST: Ghana have a goal disallowed! Ibrahim Sulley slots home from close range but the goal doesn’t stand due to a foul committed during the build up.
5:36 PM IST: So nearly! Fode Konate of Mali gets a free header from a corner but it goes wide.
5:35 PM IST: Najeeb Yakubu of Ghana is given a yellow card. Can’t say that wasn’t coming.
5:33 PM IST: Ghana are getting more physical now and have committed 3 fouls in the last four minutes. Frustration or strategy? Guess we shall know soon.
5:28 PM IST: Mali are the more relaxed side of the two so far. They’re sitting deep and inviting Ghana forward. It must be added that the wet pitch, due to all the rain, is not helping the game flow.
5:25 PM IST: Ghana have upped the ante but are still no closer to finding an equaliser.
5:21 PM IST: Mali look the better side so far today. Ghana need to step their game up a little.
5:18 PM IST: So nearly an equaliser! Iddriss has an attempt from a free-kick when he sees the goalkeeper off his line but the ball goes agonisingly wide.
5:14 PM IST: GOAL! Hadji Drame does well on a one-on-one to beat Ibrahim Danlad and Mali have an early lead.
5:11 PM IST: And now a close chance for Ghana, and it falls to skipper Eric Ayiah. The ball looped up and Ayiah was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his volley went just wide.
5:10 PM IST: Mali have settled into an attacking rhythm and look comfortable on the ball.
5:06 PM IST: How have they missed?! Mali should be ahead but amazingly aren’t. Salam Jiddou has an empty goal to aim at after Ibrahim Danlad deflects a low cross straight into his path but the Mali forward fires wide.
5:05 PM IST: Mohammed Iddriss of Ghana has a shot from very far out but it goes well wide.
5:03 PM IST: Neither side are taking too many risks here to begin with.
5:00 PM IST: And we are underway at Guwahati!
4:53 PM IST: The players are emerging from the tunnel now and will line up for their respective national anthems.
4:45 PM IST: Ghana have opted to start without Sadiq Ibrahim today. It seems like they won’t look to play as wide as they usually do.
4:35 PM IST: The last time these two teams met, Ghana wound up on the losing side. Will history repeat itself today? We’ll find out in 25 minutes.
4:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Mali vs Ghana!
Two-time champions Ghana are seeking to revive their glory days in the tournament, having last won it way back in 1995. They have shown the intent from the word go, and barring the reverse against USA in the group stage, the Ghanians have been on the ball.
Ghana had been beaten 1-0 by Mali in the final of the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations, and they would be determined to avenge that loss. In Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Ghana’s defence will be tested by the free-scoring Mali players.
Ghana coach Samuel Kwasi Fabin believes his team has the talent to win their third U-17 World Cup. “The Cup of Nations defeat is behind us. We will be out to show we are the best,” he said.
First Published: Oct 21, 2017 12:20 IST