Mali edge Ghana, reach U-17 World Cup semi-finals
The U-17 World Cup is currently being held in India, with Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger representing Africa after finishing top 4 in the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.
Ghana, Mali and Niger managed to qualify for the round of 16, where Mali thrashed Iraq 5-1 and Ghana knocked out Niger, beating them 2-0.
The quarter-finals saw another all-African encounter as Mali faced Ghana in a repeat of the U-17 AFCON final, and Mali managed to win again, to qualify for the semis after a tough 2-1 win.
Hadji Dramé opened the scoring for Mali after just 15 minutes, before Djemoussa Traoré doubled his side’s lead with a long-range effort in the 61st minute. Ghana’s Kudus Mohammed managed to pull one back but it wasn’t enough as it finished 2-1 to Mali.
African champions Mali secured a second appearance in the semi-finals and will face either Spain or Iran in the last four on Wednesday.
It’s worth mentioning that Mali finished the 2015 U-17 World Cup, which took place in Chile, as runners-up, after losing the title to Nigeria in the final.
If Mali managed to win this year’s tournament, they will become the third African nation to win the U-17 World Cup after Nigeria, who lift the title five times in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015, and Ghana, who won it twice in 1991 and 1995.
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