FIFA U-17 World Cup : Spirited performance not enough for India as they crash out of the tournament

India Vs. Ghana :-

Captain Eric Ayiah scored a brace and substitutes Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku sublimely slotted home late on to send Ghana top of the table in Group A.

The Black Starlets went into the game needing a draw to advance but were determined to win and had to wait until the 43rd minute to open the scoring through Eyiah who connected into the roof from inside the box after the India goalkeeper had parried a goal bound effort back into play.

Eyiah again doubled the lead seven minutes into the seven half.

He was replaced in the 82nd minute by WAFA striker Danso who needed five minutes to announce his presence by finishing off a nice move after being put through.

One minute later, another substitute Toku who came on for Sadiq Ibrahim after 56 minutes, connected home for the fourth.

Ghana will play the third best team in either Group C, D or E.

Indian coach Luis Norton admits his side were second best against the African giants.
“I am very proud of my team. To play against a world-class team like Ghana was always going to be difficult,” he said

“Ghana is stronger than us and the task looked impossible.

“They are physical side. Ghana in all aspect is stronger than us. We played three games in nine days and the situationwas difficult for my players.

“We made three silly mistakes and we paid dearly for it.”

The defeat ends the hopes of the Asians while the Black Starlets finished as group winners.

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