Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 15:28
Welcome to coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup last 16 match between Ghana and Niger from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
All times CAT
90+6' - Full time -
Done and dusted, Ghana are deserved winners and will face fellow Africans Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday! A brave effort from Niger, who can take pride from having made it to the second round in their tournament debut.
90+2' - Yellow card -
Niger's Soumana booked for a rash challenge in midfield.
90+1' - Substitution -
Niger's second change sees Wa Massamba make way for Hamid Galissoune.
90' - GOAL! Ghana 2-0 Niger -
Danso with a superb long-range strike to make it 2-0 and that has surely killed off Niger!
Penalty saved! Ayiah takes the spot kick and looks for the same part of the net he scored in from the first half, but Lawali makes a fine save this time!
85' - Substitution -
Richard Danso replaces Toku in Ghana's final change.
84' - Penalty!
Another spot kick to Ghana, with Idrissa tripping Toku in the box. A clear foul, no doubt about it, and this is Ghana's chance to kill off Niger.
Lawali and Yakubu collide at a Ghana corner kick. It's adjudged a foul from the Black Starlets player and both are down receiving treatment.
78' - Substitution -
Mohammed Iddriss replaces Gyamfi in Ghana's second change.
77' - Substitution -
Karim Tinni replaces Sofiane in Niger's first change.
Niger 'keeper Lawali is now down and calling for treatment. We've had several injury breaks in this second half...
Mensah crosses from the right, Arko-Mensah gets up to meet the ball but sends his header well off target.
Twenty minutes of regulation time to play. Ghana's one-goal lead is a perilous one, though Niger have yet to really threaten in the final third.
Mensah with the miss of the tournament, somehow putting the ball over the bar from just a metre or so out! It was easier to score than put it over!
Toku with a great dummy to open space for a curling shot which is well saved by Lawali! The best moment of the second half so far.
64' - Substitution -
Ghana's first change sees the injured Owusu make way for John Otu.
Owusu has gone down for Ghana and he's calling for a substitution.
Past the hour mark in Navi Mumbai, Ghana hold the advantage thanks to Eric Ayiah's penalty late in the first half.
Ghana's Toku receiving some treatment after suffering a kick to the right shin. He'll be stretchered off and that could well be the end of his game...
Ghana with a sustained spell of pressure, but as Ayiah tries to get a shot away on the edge of the box he is crowded out by several orange-clad defenders.
Niger blow a great attacking opportunity with an over-hit pass. The Young Menas have wasted several such chances through the match.
48' - Yellow card -
Ghana's Mensah is booked for a rough aerial challenge.
Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.
45+5' - Half time -
Ghana lead at the break thanks to that late, late penalty. Given the Black Starlets' dominance, you'd say they are good value for their one-goal advantage.
45+4' - GOAL! Ghana 1-0 Niger -
Ayiah dusts himself off and coolly finishes from the penalty to put Ghana ahead!
45+3' - Penalty! -
Idrissa with a clear foul on Ayiah and Ghana have a spot kick late in the half!
Arko-Mensah with a chance to play in a dangerous cross from a free kick out wide, but the midfielder puts his delivery straight for a goal kick.
There will be four minutes of added time.
Namata makes a superb tackle on Arko-Mensah in the penalty area... he had to time that perfectly to prevent giving away a spot kick.
Lawali has to make a save from Yakubu's awkward cross from the right flank which threatened to drift into the goal.
Toku with a fiercely-hit shot which is blocked by a defender, before Ayiah sends an effort high and wide from the rebound.
Snappy passing from Ghana to open up space for Sulley to shoot, his effort was scuffed at goal and comfortably saved by Lawali.
Ayiah with a sight of goal, but he snatches at it too quickly and slices the ball wide of the mark.
Niger's Sofiane steps on the ankle of Toku and is perhaps a little fortunate not to be booked for that challenge.
Idrissa with a desperate clearance from Ayiah's dangerous ball into the box. It seems only a matter of time until Ghana find a way through...
Ghana corner kick and goalkeeper Lawali makes an excellent punch under pressure. Ghana's Owusu is penalised for an aerial foul on the gloves-man.
Fine play by Ghana, Arko-Mensah has a shot from the edge of the box and Lawali makes a super save to keep it at 0-0! The closest we've come to a goal in this match.
Midway through the first half, goalless in Navi Mumbai. Ghana have looked the better team thus far, but Niger are giving a good account of themselves.
Ayiah looks to sneak in behind to meet a long ball, but he's penalised for a push on Niger defender Idrissa.
Great goalkeeping from Ghana's Danlad as he comes off his line to emphatically punch clear a dangerous cross from Wa Massamba. Took a knock for his troubles, but he'll be fine after a bit of treatment.
Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless between Ghana and Niger. No genuine chances at either end so far.
Niger's Ibrahim looks set to break free on the counter attack, but Mensah comes across to make a strong sliding tackle.
Lovely footwork from Ghana's Arko-Mensah down the left flank. The Black Starlets look much the more settled and confident side thus far.
Niger with a couple of corner kicks, but they don't threaten Ghana from either of them. The Young Menas will need to make the most of their set pieces.
Gyamfi is back on his feet after some 'magic spray', looks like he'll be okay.
Ghana's Gyamfi looks to have picked up a knee and/or ankle injury in challenge with Sofiane.
Another corner for Ghana, this time Sulley gets a head on it but his effort is mis-timed and sent well wide of the target.
Early half chance for Ghana's Sulley as he gets in behind the defence, but goalkeeper Lawali comes quickly off his line and ensures it's only a corner kick.
1' - Kick-off -
We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Ghana wear all-white, while Niger are in all-orange.
A reminder that the winner of this match will meet Mali (who thrashed Iraq 5-1 yesterday) in an all-African quarterfinal on Saturday.
Today's clash will be handled by Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias.
Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:
Ghana: Ibrahim Danlad, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Najeeb Yakubu, Eric Ayiah, Ibrahim Sulley, Emmanuel Toko, Gabriel Leveh, Bismark Owusu, Gideon Mensah, Rashid Alhassan, Isaac Gyamfi
Niger: Khaled Lawali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Inoussa Amadou, Habibou Sofiane, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane