FIFA U17 World Cup: Mali 2-1 Ghana - As it happened

FIFA U17 World Cup: Mali 2-1 Ghana - As it happened
Ghana's Gideon Mensah

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 15:25

Welcome to's LIVE ASW of the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup quarter-final clash between Mali and Ghana.

The encounter will be staged at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati (India) on Saturday, October 21 2017.

The Black Starlets are out to claim a win and book a spot at the semi-finals as they target to lift the trophy for the third time.

Meanwhile, the Les Aigles are looking to rectify their errors after finishing as runners-up in 2015 in Chile.

Both coaches, Paa Kwesi Fabin and Jonas Kokou Komla will motivate their troops to ensure they are through to the next stage of the prestigious tournament.


MALI: Youssouf KOITA (GK), Boubacar HAIDARA, Djemoussa TRAORE, Fode KONATE, Mohamed CAMARA (C), Hadji DRAME, Salam JIDDOU, Abdoulaye DIABY, Mamadou SAMAKE, Ibrahim KANE, Lassana NDIAYE.

GHANA: Danlad IBRAHIM (GK), Najeeb YAKUBU, Eric AYIAH (C), Ibrahim SULLEY, Kudus MOHAMMED, Emmanuel TOKU, Abdul YUSIF, Gabriel LEVEH, Gideon MENSAH, Rashid ALHASSAN, Mohammed IDDRISS.


Mali are through to the semi-finals of the U17 FIFA World Cup. Ghana are out of the global youth tournament.

90+4' It is full time in India.

90+4' Mali sub: Sidibe on for Djemoussa Traore

90+4' The referee has added four minutes.

90' Mali's Mane tries a long range effort and it goes wide not troubling the keeper. We are into the stoppage time.

80' Mali sub: Camara on for Drame

80' We enter the final 10 minutes of the encounter as both African sides are battling for a spot in the semi-finals. Ghana 1-2 Mali

75' Mali sub: Doucoure on for Jiddou

74' Ghana sub: Aminu Mohamed on for Emmanuel Tokou

73' Mohamed Camara booked

70' PENALTY: Ghana receive a penalty after a foul in the box by Fode Konate. Kudus Mohamed converted from the spot. Ghana 1-2 Mali

62' Ghana sub: Danso on for Leveh

63' GOAL - Mali have doubled the lead through Djemmoussa Traore after a silly error by the keeper. Mali 2-0 Ghana

59' The Black Starlets pushing harder but harder yet they fail to hit the target.

55' Ghana sub: Sulley off for Ibrahim Sadiq

52' Fouls dominate the encounter in the heart of the park, Fabin's men still probing for an equaliser.

48' The Black Starlets are back with more intent, they take a shot through Ayiah and Koita makes a brilliant save to concede a corner.

46' Second half resumes at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati (India).

45' Half time in India: Mali 1-0 Ghana

44' Ghana thought they have found the back of the net when Sulley beat Koita on his near post, but the referee called for a foul on a Malian defence.

40' Five minutes remaining in the quarter-final encounter as both African nations are chasing a spot in the Last Four. However, Jonas Komla's men are leading 1-0

36' Ghana's Yakubu booked for a two-footed foul.

35' battle lines are drawn in the heart of the park and fouls are commited in the muddy surface.

30' Paa Kwesi Fabin's charges still trying to break up the Malian defence in search of an equaliser.

27' Ghana must fix their defence, Mali running through them on the right flank. But their final shot goes wide. Mali 1-0 Ghana

22' Ghana commit a foul, a set piece for Mali right on the edge of the area. Salam hit is wide.

18' Ghana tried to respond from a set piece and it hits the roof of the net for a goal kick.

A through ball for the forward penetrated the Ghanaian defence before unleashing a powerful shot on the near post. Ghana 0-1 Mali

14' GOAL - Mali break the deadlock through Hadji Drame

10' There are no goals in the encounter in the opening 10 minutes.

08' Mali penetrate the Black Starlets' defence and they take a shot through Kane but it goes wide.

05' Both camps exchanging the ball possession, Mohamed Idriss takes a shot but it sails wide off target.

02' It was bucketing in India at the venue, the pitch is waterlogged. But the game goes on.

01' Match gets underway

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