Accra, June 10, GNA – Ghana has crashed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand following an emphatic 0-3 defeat to Mali at the knock-out stage of the competition.
The Black Satellites who were out of source and second best throughout were outplayed, outclassed and outshine to concede a goal in the first half and a further two in the second to exit.
The results which marks Ghana’s worst performance in the history of tournament where Ghana always travelled beyond this stage was empathic as the Malians proved superior to record their second victory over the Black Satellites in three meeting in two months.
Sellas Tetteh rang three changes in his starting personnel that saw Inter Allies’ defender Patrick Kpozo replacing suspended Patrick Asmah at left back.
Asiedu Attobrah and Benjamin Tetteh who had began all games thus far saw their positions taken by Poartugal based duo, Emmanuel Boateng and Osei Barnes.
However, these changes did little to halt the creativity of the physical Young Eagles who went ahead just after 20 minutes with a pretty finished from Diadie Samassekou who beat Satellites’ goalkeeper Lawrence Ati following a quick one-two passing from 20 yards out that split Ghana’s defence.
Mali took absolute charge after the goal, forcing the Black Satellites to chase their own shadows for the great part of the half to walk into recess with only a shot at goal.
The Malians made Ghana’s job more difficult when play resumed as Gbakle Dieudonne doubled the advantage after he exploited space to run before unleashing a spectacular curler to send Anti crawling in the 53rd minute.
With every Mali invasion advertising a goal, the victors wrapped up the match with nine minutes to go when Abubakar Doumbia, was picked out from the left, squeezed through two markers before chipping over advancing Anti to complete their quest.
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