Ghana outwit India 4-0

Ghana outwit India 4-0

Ghana outwit India 4-0

John Hackworth's side is on to the knockout stage of the U-17 World Cup, but as a third-place finisher and not a group victor after a 3-1 loss to Colombia in India on Thursday. "We learnt a lot from them", captain Amarjit Singh said.

But, Indian can still progress to next round with some help from other teams.

"We had team meetings and we had resolved we will give not 100 per cent but 200 per cent". If India can manage an improbable win or even a draw, it will give United States more time in Navi Mumbai. Now the AIFF is focussing on this.

Ghana also needed a win to be sure of a top-two finish in the group and hence an automatic knock-out berth, prompting them to keep the Indian citadel under seize throughout the match. Towards the end, Ghana's Danso and Toku hardly broke sweat to score the goals. "It was hard for the players because there were niggles or tightness in muscles in some players", he said.

An ecstatic Fabino, whose side entered the round of 16 despite some early struggles, said "We could have scored more but I am happy with it".

Fabin, however feels his wards could have scored more goals and there were no real threats on his side from India.

Ghana made four changes to the team which played against USMNT and Samuel explained the reasons for the same. "We were also having some individual approach during the match".

The Indian players started the game on a very energetic note and kept the two-time U-17 World Cup Champions at the bay until the last few minutes of the first half.

Asked what head coach Luis Norton de Matos said at the half time when India were 0-1 down, Jeakson said, "Coach said it is not going to be easy but we have to fight like we have been doing in the last two matches".

India played their heart out in the first half but went a goal down after Ghana's skipper Ayiah found the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

Fans turned up in numbers during India's FIFA U-17 World Cup matches and Delhi is not exactly a football-loving city.

"Every game we learnt something".

"I want to see the senior Indian team to play this team in an official competition!"

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