Mali advance to semifinals after 2-1 win over Ghana

Football skills plus school Ghana coach’s success formula

The second quarter-final on Saturday will see England and US do battle.

England will next meet either Brazil or Germany in the semi-finals in Guwahati on Wednesday.

In the 2015 U-17 World Cup final in Chile, Mali lost 2-0 to the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria.

Brewster opened England's account when he smashed in the rebound after U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces blocked Foden's cross into his path.

Lassana Ndiaye of Mali and Gideon Mensah of Ghana in action during the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup India 2017 Quarter Final match between Mali and Ghana at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Guwahati, India.

In very wet weather at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, both sides did well to play through the conditions, with Mali dominating to opening half.

Drame Hadji put the Eagles ahead in the 15th minute from a close range before Ghana's goalkeeper Ibrahim Danladi's 60th minute blunder handed the Malians a two-goal lead.

Rashid Alhassan has also performed well down the left flank and with skipper Eric Ayiah and striker Emmanuel Toku making good use of the service from the wings with their excellent finishing and off the ball movement, Ghana have the ability to crack open any defence in this tournament.

Sadiq gave Ghana some hope when one of his speedy runs forced Mali's Fode Konate to commit a foul inside the box.

Traore's long-range shot went in following a mistake from Ghana's 14-year-old goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim in the 61st minute. Kudus stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.



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