Mali down Ghana in U-17 World Cup quarters

Football skills plus school Ghana coach’s success formula

Mali, who reached the final of the Under-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015, will play either Iran or Spain in the semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Here's how the most impressive players performed at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. The goal has already been scored long before the referee blew the whistle. Drame used his pace to break clear on the target, and from a hard angle, he lashed home high into the roof of the net, leaving the goalkeeper well and truly beaten. But there was no impact of weather on the teams as both the sides played attacking soccer to the entire 90 minutes. His work-rate and technique allowed Drame to seize control in such a hard tie, and he is sure to have a large impact throughout the rest of this tournament, and throughout his footballing career.

Ghana, who brought with them the youngest player of the tournament in the form of goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim, were punished when Danlad miscued his kick and Djemoussa Traore, one of the shortest players on the pitch, curled in from range.

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Although that hasn't happened to this point, Lynch's suspension is a major blow because of the skill set he brings to the table. When the game was over, Lynch returned to the locker room to congratulate his teammates on their thrilling victory .

The Black Starlets tried hard to find an equaliser but Mali held on to secure the victory.

The last twenty minutes looked anything but a quarter-final of a FIFA tournament-the pitch looked at its ugliest ever since competitive football has been played on it. Though Ghana improved as the game progressed and had a goal cancelled (in the 40th minute), which their coach Samuel Fabin openly criticised after the match, they were definitely not the better side on the day. One just needs to play a replay of the first goal Mali scored to get to know exactly how the pitched worked, if it (the pitch) was so sloppy, then that pass from Salam Jiddou would never have reached its intended target. The Ghanaian has revealed that Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is his greatest idol, and clearly possesses some of the Belgian's traits, with his electric pace and high standard of deliveries on show despite the narrow defeat to Mali.

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