Un­der-17s bow out

Nelson Mail - - SPORT -

New Zealand’s in­volve­ment in the Fi­fia un­der-17 World Cup is over af­ter a 3-1 loss to African cham­pi­ons Mali. Hav­ing drawn 1-1 with Turkey and lost 4-2 to Paraguay in their first two matches, the Danny Hay-coached side needed a com­pre­hen­sive win in New Delhi to progress, some­thing that al­ways looked dif­fi­cult against one of the tour­na­ment favourites. Mali scored early and dou­bled their ad­van­tage in the 51st minute be­fore Charles Spragg gave New Zealand some late hope but they con­ceded again in the 82nd minute to put the game be­yond reach.

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