African champions Mali bounced back to winning form in the U-17 World Cup with an emphatic 3-0 win over Group B rivals Turkey at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.
Following a disappointing 3-2 loss to Paraguay on Friday, this victory for the Eaglets brings them right back into contention for the last 16, and they will be expected to advance into the next round with a victory against New Zealand in their final pool match on Thursday.
The West Africans had to be patient in this match, waiting until the 38th minute of the first half to move ahead after Hadji Drame provided the assist for Traore Djemoussa to beat Turkey goalkeeper Ozer Berke.
The second goal arrived midway through the second half, with Lassana N’Diaye netting to effectively kill off the game and seal the three points for Mali.
The Eaglets wrapped up their scoring in style when substitute Cheick Doucoure provided the assist for Fode Konate to score in the 86th minute and make it an emphatic 3-0.
The other Group B match between Paraguay and New Zealand will be played in Navi Mumbai later today.
Mali (1) 3 (Djemoussa 38’, N’Diaye 68’, F. Konate 86’)
Turkey: Berke, Sahan, Ozan, Ahmed, Kerem, Malik, Atalay (Recep 46’), Ismail (Emirhan 74’), Umut, Yunus, Berk
Mali: Koita, B. Haidara, Djemoussa, F. Konate, M. Camara, H. Drame (M. Traore 76’), Salam (Doucoure 83’), A. Diaby, M. Samake, Kane, N’Diaye (M. Toure 81’)