Mali trounce Ki­wis 3-1 to en­ter Rd of 16

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

quar­ter. Salam Jid­dou’s 18th minute strike from the top corner broke the dead­lock. Jid­dou ben­e­fited from a Dje­moussa Traore back pass but was bril­liant in fin­ish­ing.

In fact, Traore kept trou­bling the New Zealan­ders from the left side through­out first half. But he was re­warded five min­utes af­ter the lemon break when his curling kick de­ceived NZ cus­to­dian Zac Jones be­fore hit­ting the far corner of the net.

With a com­fort­able 2-0 lead un­der their belt, Mali let their de­fence loose and com­mit­ted more play­ers on the front. That gave the Young All Whites an op­por­tu­nity to halve the deficit in the 72nd minute.

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