The much anticipated match between this two African powerhouse got of to a flying start at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium which had been soaked by rains which made it difficult to bring out the beauty of the match, with the Malians having all possession as they pushed forward with attacks threatening the Ghana goal.
The deadlock was broken on the 15th minute mark as an awful error cost the black starlets with an unfortunate back pass which was read well by the Malian wing man Dramè who thumped on the ball and raced towards goal as he powered home a shot at goal from close range which the goalkeeper had no chance as the Malians were 1-0 up on the stroke of halftime after a goal scored by Ghana’s Ibrahim Sulley in the 43th minute was ruled out with a foul on a Malian defender by Ghana’s Mohammed before the ball rolled into the net.
The second half got underway with Ghana making strives to attack as playmaker Mohammed released a bullet which was parried away by the Malian stopper. Things got a lot worse as another breathtaking error by the Ghanaian defense with a miss-kick by Ghana goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad who was out off position as his kick went directly to the opponent Malian player Traore who lifted the ball high above the defense as it sailed into the Ghana goal which the goalkeeper again failed to deal with it on the 61st minute mark as the score stood 2 nil in favour of Mali.
It was already certain as Ghana is going out of the competition, Mohammed Kudus pulled a goal back for the Black Starlets in 70th minute to put some life in the game. The Ghanaians who had been pushing rather hard in the dying minutes could not equalize as the referee blew the final whistle to end the match.
The young eagles of Mali are through to the Semi-finals of the FIFA U17 World Cup, they remain the only African nation in the tournament.
By: Cobby Jonah