GHANA AD­VANCE AS TEAM IN­DIA END ON POOR NOTE

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Ghana rode on a brace by skip­per Eric Ayiah to en­ter the knock­out stages with a 40 win over In­dia in their Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Thurs­day.

Eric (43rd, 52nd min­utes) struck on ei­ther side of the break as Ghana fin­ished the group stage with six points from three matches, re­ports IANS.

Richard Danso (86th) and Em­manuel Toku (87th) scored in quick suc­ces­sion to­wards the end.

In­dia ended their maiden ap­pear­ance at a foot­ball World Cup in any age group with­out open­ing their ac­count and only one goal to show for their ef­forts.

Ghana dom­i­nated right from the start and took the lead when their cap­tain Eric Ayiah made a su­perb run from his own half be­fore scor­ing off the re­bound when In­dian goal­keeper Dheeraj Moirangthem blocked a pass from Sadiq Ibrahim. That goal was pre­ceded by a lengthy pe­riod of tough, stub­born defending by the In­di­ans.

The In­dian play­ers how­ever, ran out of ideas in the fi­nal third.

They showed a dis­tinct lack of com­po­sure when in pos­ses­sion and com­mit­ted a lot of miss passes and er­rors as a re­sult, los­ing the ball eas­ily.

IN­DIA ended their maiden ap­pear­ance at a foot­ball World Cup in any age group with­out open­ing their ac­count and only one goal to show for their ef­forts.

Lack of com­bi­na­tion and poor aware­ness up­front re­peat­edly saw In­dian play­ers in pos­ses­sion but with no team­mates in good po­si­tions to pass to. Their job was made even tougher by a well or­gan­ised Ghana de­fence which al­lowed them very lit­tle time and space.

The Africans, on the other hand, show­cased ex­cel­lent skills, tac­ti­cal aware­ness and ath­letic abil­ity.

Ghana right winger Sadiq Ibrahim was a con­stant threat down the flanks with his speed and ac­cu­rate balls into the In­dian penalty box.

Rashid Al­has­san was also ex­cel­lent on the left wing and Ghana cap­tain Eric Ayiah in the cen­tre had a con­stant stream of good passes and crosses as he used his su­perb tech­nique and drib­bling skills to trou­ble the In­dian de­fence. Only some des­per­ate defending by the hosts pre­vented them from con­ced­ing more goals.

Cen­tral de­fend­ers An­war Ali and Ji­ten­dra Singh put in a tire­less per­for­mance for In­dia. But that could not pre­vent Eric from scor­ing his sec­ond goal.

An ex­cel­lent run saw the Ghana cap­tain in acres of time and space at the edge of the hosts’ penalty box as he met a pin­point pass from Ed­mund Arko-Men­sah with a su­perb fin­ish.

The hosts vir­tu­ally gifted away the third goal when An­war eas­ily lost the ball to Danso who made a speedy run be­fore fin­ish­ing past Dheeraj.

PTI

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