With a whim­per as mas­ter­ful Ghana floor In­dia

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Fifau17worldcup - Sayan.ghosh@htlive.com

GULF IN CLASS West African team tops group A af­ter leav­ing hosts dazed with speed and power an­swer to Ghana’s pacy at­tacks past the In­dian full-backs with was clear from the fact that and the big de­feat meant the ease and although Eric Ayiah did they had four shots on tar­get hosts’ run at the FIFA U-17 World not look in good touch, the gap in while In­dia strug­gled to even Cup ended with a whim­per. qual­ity between the teams was reach the op­po­si­tion’s fi­nal third.

Be­fore their last Group A ap­par­ent. The In­dian de­fence was The sec­ond half was no dif­fer­ent game, the In­dian play­ers breached in the sixth minute as the hosts looked clue­less im­pressed ev­ery­one with their when Ayiah found the net with a against the pace of Ghana and the de­ter­mi­na­tion on the pitch and tap-in but the hosts were saved by Africans did not take much time the crowd had the same ex­pec­ta­tions. off­side flag. Ghana did not lose to find their sec­ond goal. It was But twice win­ners Ghana fo­cus and within the next 10 min­utes, striker Eric Ayiah who re­ceived were far too su­pe­rior, and sadly Ibrahim Sul­ley and Is­sac a mea­sured pass from Ed­mund for the New Delhi crowd, there Gyamfi came close to scor­ing. Arko-Men­sah and a con­trolled was no mir­a­cle at the end of 90 The dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken left-footed fin­ish dou­bled his min­utes as In­dia’s jour­ney in in the 43rd minute when Eric tally. The mis­ery did not stop their first FIFA World Cup of any Ayiah found the net. The Ghana there as In­dia strug­gled to re­tain kind ended. skip­per cap­i­talised on a lucky pos­ses­sion beyond 3-4 passes and

“Ghana were the strong­est re­bound and his close range Ghana sub­sti­tutes — Richard team in our group and to­day, ef­fort gave no chance to the Danso and Em­manuel Toku scored their full-backs and wingers were keeper Dheeraj. Ghana led only late to hand the hosts their bril­liant. The dif­fer­ence between 1-0 at the in­ter­val, but their dom­i­nance big­gest loss of the tour­na­ment.

I am very proud of how the play­ers per­formed in the tour­na­ment and they have learnt a lot from the three matches.

The at­mos­phere at the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Sta­dium on Thurs­day was no less vi­brant than the last two In­dia matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The 52,000-strong crowd was be­hind the hosts for the en­tire game and ev­ery move was met with thun­der­ous cheers.

How­ever, the only thing miss­ing was the fight­ing spirit that had be­come the trade­mark of the In­dian foot­ball team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup as the hosts were brushed aside 4-0 by Group A top­pers Ghana.

Amar­jit Singh and Co had no the two teams was too big. Although we were able to pro­vide some fight­back, we were out­played in the sec­ond half,” In­dia coach Luis Nor­ton de Matos said.

The hosts were out­played from the first minute. The two Ghana­ian wingers -- Sadiq Ibrahim and Ed­mund Arko Men­sah -- drib­bled

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