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U-17 World Cup: Black Starlets down Colombia in group opener

Sadiq Ibrahim celebrates his goal for Ghana | Photo: Fifa

Ghana recorded a single-goal opening day victory over Colombia at the 2017 Fifa World Cup in India Friday.

A strike by Sadiq Ibrahim late in the first half proved to be the difference between the Group A rivals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

There were good chances and saves made at both ends of the pitch during the first half, but it was not until the 39th minute that the two-time U-17 World Cup winners made the decisive breakthrough.

A fine counter-attack saw Black Starlets captain Eric Ayiah make an incisive run down the left flank before delivering a pinpoint low cross that Sadiq Ibrahim duly converted at the far post for 1-0 half-time lead.

The Colombians went in search of an equaliser after the break, with their best chance falling to substitute Deiber Caicedo. Yet, after breaking into the Ghana box from the right flank, his low effort went wide of the far post.

The Black Starlets held on to their solitary goal lead until the final whistle after 6 minutes of additional time.

While Colombia next play hosts India, Ghana will take on the United States of America on Monday October 9.

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