U-17 World Cup: Ghana downs India 4-0; Colombia, Paraguay and Mali progress

Published: 13th October 2017 11:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2017 11:54 AM  

Ghana's Eric Ayiah and India's Boris Thangjam vie for the ball during their U-17 FIFA World cup football match in New Delhi on Thursday. | PTI
The first half, as has been the case for all three games, saw surprisingly solid defence with Anwar Ali the rock in the backline. | PTI
Ghana's Eric Ayiah C and teammates celebrate after scoring a goal against India. Ayiah, linked with the likes of Porto and Manchester City, broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute. | PTI
Crowd during U-17 FIFA World Cup football match between India and Ghana in New Delhi on Thursday. As the game approached half-time on Thursday, Dheeraj went down injured. A small section of the fans started chanting his name, but it spread. Soon the entire stadium was chanting it. 52,614 people chanting 'Dheeraj, Dheeraj'. | PTI
But things went to hell in the second half with Ghana, knowing they could top the group with a solid win, attacking relentlessly. Ayiah added another in the 53rd minute, while Richard Danso scored with four minutes left. | PTI
Colombia's player Etilso Martinez duels for the ball against U.S' Blaine Ferri during the FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Colombia produced their best game when it mattered as they beat USA 3-1 to qualify for the pre-quarterfinal. | AP
U.S player Blaine Ferri duels for the ball against Colombia's Deiber Caicedo. Desperately needing a win to push their case, Colombia scored through Juan Vidal (3rd minute), Juan Penaloza (67th) and Dieber Caicedo (87th) to seal the win and finish second in Group A. | AP
Colombia player Yadir Meneses celebrate after score a goal against USA. USA, who had earlier defeated hosts India 3-0 and Ghana 1-0, tasted their first defeat of the tournament. | PTI
USA player George Acosta celebrates his goal against Colombia. In the first 22 minutes, USA had the better share of ball possession, but they failed to find the equaliser. USA's equaliser came in the 24th minute, courtesy a stunning right-footer by Acosta. | PTI
Paraguay player Fernando Cardozo 17 celebrates after striking a goal against Turkey during the FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Mumbai on Thursday. | PTI
Paraguay player Antonio Galeano grey in action against Turkey player Kerem Kesgin red. With this win, the South American side topped the Pool B with nine points. | PTI
Paraguay player Fernando Cardozo grey and Turkey player Melih Gokcimen red in action at Mumbai. Giovanni Bogado (41st minute), Fernando Cardozo (43rd) scored in the first half for Paraguay, while Antonio Galeano (61st) struck their third goal after the break to seal a thumping win. | PTI
Paraguay player Pedro Alvarez grey and Turkey player in action. Paraguay took the lead after missing a penalty. Two minutes later, a back-heal from Cardozo did the trick for Paraguay, who went 2-0 up. Antonio Galeano scored the third when his shot from outside the deflected off Turkey's Melih Gokcimen and went to the bottom right corner of the goal. | PTI
Mali's Fode Konate controls the ball as he plays against New Zealand during the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The African champions breezed into the knock-out rounds with a dominating 3-1 win over Kiwis. | AP
New Zealand's Emlyn Wellsmore controls the ball as he plays against Mali. Mali, the last edition's runners-up, took the lead in the 18th minute through Salam Jiddou who struck a 25-yard stunner. | AP
Mali's Cheick Oumar Doucoure controls the ball as he plays against New Zealand. Mali finished second in Group B with six points from two wins and booked a round of 16 berth. They had lost to Paraguay 2-3 in their campaign opener on October 6 in Mumbai before beating Turkey 3-0 in their previous match. | PTI
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