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The previous runner-up Mali reached the semifinal after beating Ghana 2-1 in the quarter-final of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati).

Mali earned the 2-0 lead after Hadji Drame (15′) and Djemoussa Traore (61′) scored the goals. On 70 minutes, Kudus Mohammed opened the scoreline for Ghana from a penalty, but that was not enough for them.

It was continuously raining during the match as the wet and mud-full outfield made difficult for the players.

In the first half, Mali looked comfortable than Ghana in less than perfect playing conditions that helped them to earn a lead.

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In early minutes, 6th to be precise, Ibrahim Kane put pressure on the opposing defence after beating few defenders with superb skill and made a cross that was just tipped away by the Ghanaian goalie. Mamadou Samake took the rebound ball and shot outside the box.

Ghana had the first chance on 12 minutes, but Eric Ayiah failed to put the shot on target from the very close range.

Drame put Mali 1-0 ahead on 15 minutes after Jiddou released a ball for him. After beating a defender, Drame netted successfully from the right side.

On 36 minutes, Fode Konate had a good chance to double the lead for Mali. Konate produced a header from the following free-kick, but that travelled outside the box.

Just four minutes later, Ghana had a disallowed goal that was successfully netted by Ibrahim Sulley from the following cross. But his effort went in vain due to an earlier foul that was unnecessarily committed by Kudus Mohammed on Ibrahim Kane.

In the second half, Ghana put more effort while Mali was continuously busy to hold on the momentum.

 

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Just after an hour mark, Traore (61’) finally doubled the lead for Mali after a blunder committed by Ghanaian goalie (Danlad Ibrahim). Coming for clearance, Danlad’s mistiming shot created a chance for Traore who produced a perfect ball through a cross that was failed to save by Danlad.

Soon after, Ghana reduced the trail from a penalty. On 69 minutes, Ghana won a penalty after Konate fouled Sadiq Ibrahim (Ghana) inside the penalty box. Kudus Mohammed scored from that penalty as Youssouf Koita (Mali goalkeeper) just failed to save that shot.

On 78 minutes, substitute Cheick Oumar Doucoure generated a long-shot that ran just over the post.

After the penalty goal, Ghana tried hard to equalise the scoreline but failed to trouble Mali defence.

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