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Ghana vs USA, FIFA U-17 World Cup, highlights: USA beat GHA 1-0

Ayo Akinola’s 75th minute goal gave USA the win in their Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup against Ghana in New Delhi . Get highlights of Ghana vs USA here.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 09, 2017 19:16 IST
Himanshu Dhingra
USA beat Ghana in their Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at Delhi’s Nehru Stadium today. Get highlights of Ghana vs USA here.
USA beat Ghana in their Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at Delhi’s Nehru Stadium today. Get highlights of Ghana vs USA here.(HT Photo)

USA won their Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup against Ghana in New Delhi. Second half substitute Ayo Akinola was the scorer of the only goal of the game in the 75th minute. USA are now on top in Group A with 6 points and are through to the Round of 16. While Ghana are on 3 points along with Colombia, who play India. Get highlights of Ghana vs USA here. (STANDINGS | RESULTS | SCHEDULE)

19:03 hrs IST: Thanks for Joining us, that will be all from our side.

18:57 hrs IST: Full-time: Ghana 0-1 USA. Ayo Akinola’s second half goal is enough to send USA into the round of 16.

18:55 hrs IST:dying seconds

18:52 hrs IST:Now or never for Ghana. Can they equalise?

18:52 hrs IST:Ouch! America’s Chris Gloster takes a shot directly to the head. He’s dazed for a bit but gets up and is fine to play on.

18:50 hrs IST: What a chance missed by Ayo Akinola! A cross is missed entirely by the Ghana defence but Akinola’s shot goes well over.

18:48 hrs IST: Ghana’s Gabriel Leveh makes a tricky run but his cross ends up going out for a goal kick.

18:46 hrs IST: yellow for Ghana’s Richard Danso

18:44 hrs IST: Yusif is now receiving treatment on the sidelines.

18:43 hrs IST: Stretchers coming out for Ghana’s Abdul Yusif. He went down in a collision with USA’s Josh Sargent.

18:42 hrs IST: Ghana have had 16 attempts to USA’s 9 but trail to that Akinola’s 75th minute opener.

18:41 hrs IST: Final Ghana sub: Ibrahim Sulley on for Emmanuel Toku.

18:40 hrs IST: Final substitution for USA: Andrew Carleton comes off. He is replaced by Indiana Vassilev.

18:39 hrs IST: USA can now sit deep and nullify Ghana’s pace on the counter attacks.

18:38 hrs IST: Ghana pushing forward looking for equaliser. With a little over 10 minutes left, can they save the match?

18:36 hrs IST:Ghana’s Gabriel Leveh goes down after a collision with his own teammates. He seems to be okay though.

18:34 hrs IST: GOAL! and it’s the USA who score the opener and it’s the sub Ayo Akinola

18:33 hrs IST: Ghana’s Ibrahim Sadiq fires a shot in from a wide angle but only finds the side netting.

18:32 hrs IST: Substitution for Ghana, Richard Danso on for Kudus Mohammed.

18:30 hrs IST: Two Ghana players are given yellow cards in quick succession. Najeeb Yakubu and Kudus Mohammed.

18:25 hrs IST: USA’s Blaine Ferri once again fires wide from distance.

18:23 hrs IST: Double substitution for USA: Tim Weah off for Ayo Akinola, Sergino Dest off for Akil Watts

18:21 hrs IST:Ghana’s tempo has dropped a bit in the second half. Now might be the best time for USA to push forward in search of a goal.

18:20 hrs IST: Ghana try to get in behind USA defence but the flag is up. Off-side.

18:17 hrs IST: Corner to Ghana now, short corner played, but it comes to nothing once again.

18:16 hrs IST: Ghana sub: Gabriel Leveh on for Aminu Mohammed.

18:14 hrs IST: Chance for Ghana but the shot is wayward. Should have scored. Coach Samuel Fabin has his hands on his head.

18:10 hrs IST: Ghana knocking on the door again. Some searing movement on the flanks sees them get yet another crossing chance. Can they score soon?

18:09 hrs IST: Foul by Durkin, free kick Ghana

18:06 hrs IST: My word, how have Ghana not scored? After some confusion in the box from a corner, Sadiq fires from close range but his shot rebounds off the keeper and out for a goal kick. Brilliant by Justin Garces.

18:04 hrs IST: Slight delay as repairs are made to goal post to the end which Ghana will be attacking.

18:01 hrs IST: Back underway in New Delhi.

17:46 hrs IST: HT and it’s 0-0 in New Delhi. Both teams with plenty of opportunities to score but it’s scoreless at the break.

17:46 hrs IST: 1 minute added

17:45 hrs IST: USA nearly go ahead! Josh Sargent sets up Blaine Ferri but his left footer curls just wide.

17:43 hrs IST: USA coach John Hackworth urges his players to keep calm.

17:43 hrs IST: USA’s defensive line is now at the halfway line. Good for keeping the ball but they will be badly exposed if Ghana can get a counter-attack going.

17:40 hrs IST: Ghana have had 40% possession but have carved out 8 attempts to USA’s 4. Only one on target though

17:39 hrs IST: SO NEARLY! Eric Ayiah is put through one on one with the goalkeeper and even beats him but slips just before he could finish.

17:39 hrs IST: Chance! Ghana get a corner but Sadiq’s header goes wide.

17:38 hrs IST: Ghana have picked up in last few minutes. USA are camped in their own half.

17:36 hrs IST: And he almost does it again! Ibrahim curls one in from the edge of the penalty box but his shot is saved by Justin Garces, who parries it. USA defence was too narrow there.

17:35 hrs IST:Sadiq Ibrahim has now moved to the left wing. It’s worth noting that his last goal in the last game came when he was out wide.

17:31 hrs IST: Isaac Gyamfi now unleashes from long range but his shot goes well wide.

17:30 hrs IST: Eric Ayiah gets to the byline but can’t cross. Goal kick.

17:29 hrs IST: Ghana with some absolutely slick interplay on the left wing. Aminu Mohammed and Rashid Alhassan create space on the flank but Aminu’s cross ends up going out.

17:28 hrs IST: USA may have had two-thirds possession but Ghana have looked equally dangerous.

17:26 hrs IST: USA are living dangerously, playing lots of short passes in their own half. Ghana pressing them hard.

17:25 hrs IST: Its been an open match so far.

17:23 hrs IST: Blaine Ferri takes the free-kick but his left-footed curler goes just wide of the near post.

17:22 hrs IST:Chris Goslin is fouled just outside the box by Kudus Mohammed. Free-kick to USA in a dangerous position.

17:21 hrs IST: And now Aminu Mohammed attempts a long-range shot that goes well over.

17:20 hrs IST: Sadiq Ibrahim almost scores! His mishit cross from the right wing hits the bar and goes out.

17:18 hrs IST: What a save by Ibrahim Danlad! US captain Sargent looked to chest the ball in from point blank range but the Ghanain keeper denied him.

17:17 hrs IST: USA have had over 60% of the possession so far.

17:15 hrs IST: Corner to USA. Their possession style seems to have successfully nullfied Ghana’s speed..

17:14 hrs IST: USA create a chance with some slick passing but Sargent’s cross misses everyone.

17:12 hrs IST: Ghana beginning to find their rhythm now. USA need to weather this period.

17:09 hrs IST: Chance for USA now. Chris Goslin sets up Blaine Ferri from a cross, but the shot is high

17:07 hrs IST: There’s a small section of Ghana supporters seated in the stadium and they are making a lot of noise

17:05 hrs IST: Yellow card for USA’s Chris Goslin after a reckless challenge on Isaac Gyamfi.

17:05 hrs IST: Emmanuel Toku now showing some beautiful skill to make himself a chance. But the ball is cleared before he can shoot.

17:03 hrs IST: So nearly! Aminu Mohammed was in the box but couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet.

17:02 hrs IST: USA calmly passing the ball around. They know that quickening the tempo will only work in Ghana’s favour!

17:00 hrs IST: USA to kick things off. And we are underway!

16:59 hrs IST: Time for the national anthems

16:57 hrs IST: Ayo Akinola doesn’t start for USA today. They are going with two strikers upfront: Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.

16:56 hrs IST: Crowd is slightly less than last time. But the ticket box office is packed with fans waiting to buy their passes.

16:55 hrs IST: Indian fans already flocking to the stadium in numbers

16:40 hrs IST: Hello and welcome guys, Group A encounter between Ghana and USA is set to begin shortly. We will guide you through the entire 90 minutes for what we hope to be an exciting match.

USA got off to the ideal start in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, defeating hosts India in front of a jam-packed crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

They currently sit atop the Group A standings ahead of Ghana, who have the same number of points but an inferior goal difference after their 1-0 win against Colombia.

Both sides will now look to seal their spot in the round of 16 when they go up against one another in what is sure to be a hotly-contested affair. In previous encounters in FIFA U-17 World Cups, Ghana have beaten the USA twice.

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