Ghana whipped hosts India 4-0 in their last group match of the 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup and progressed to the round of 16 on Thursday.
A brace from skipper Eric Ayiah and two quick goals late in the match by substitutes Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku guided the Black Starlets to a dominating victory over the World Cup first-timers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.
Ghana top Group A ahead of Colombia who also defeated USA 3-1.
The opening half proved frenetic at times, but as it wore on, the Black Starlets took control and created the majority of the chances.
Though it took some time, they got the opener just before the break when Ayiah struck home on the rebound after India goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem parried Sadiq Ibrahim’s low cross into his path in the box.
Ayiah would go on to double Ghana’s lead seven minutes after the break, finishing first-time from Edmund Arko-Mensah’s cutback pass in the Indian box.
Ghana secured top spot in the group with a pair of goals in the 86th and 87th minutes from Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku respectively.
India, who had lost their previous two games – 0-3 to USA and 1-2 against Colombia, have now exited the Fifa U-17 World Cup without a win.
Along with the Black Starlets, Colombia and the United States of America (who will be picking one of the third best spots) have also secured qualification into the next round.
Speaking after the match India coach Luis Norton de Matos heaped praises both sides especially his charges for their spirited displays in all games.
“Ghana deserved this win; they were the better side,” he said.
“We are happy about our boys because it is not easy to play against a team like Ghana
“My fear before the game was that it was the third in 9 games for this side which is competing at this level for the first time,” Matos added.