Ghana’s next group opponents, the USA handed hosts India a sound 3-0 beating in their opening game at the 2017 Fifa Under-17 World Cup Friday.
The Americans go top of Group A after the early fixtures with goals from Josh Sargent (pen), Chris Durkin, and Andrew Carleton. They however tie in same points with the Black Starlets who also won their game via a solitary goal against Colombia.
The India U-17s, who became the first-ever national team to play in a Fifa World Cup at any level, showed heart but lacked in skill and quality against a much superior US side at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
After a sustained period of US attack, Sargent was body-checked by Jitendra Singh off the ball inside the box and the referee promptly pointed to the dreaded spot at the half-hour mark. Sargent himself stepped up and converted from the spot to the dismay of the crowd.
In the 51st minute, Chris Durkin doubled the USA’s lead after India fail to clear a corner. The ball fell to him 18 yards out, and the centre-half showed gorgeous technique to hook it in to the far corner with his left foot. It took a touch off an Indian defender, but was heading in to the net regardless.
The third goal was a classical counter-attack after US defence got hold off a crossbar rebound off Anwar Ali’s shot. They made a quick counter and the Indian defenders could didn’t have the speed to run back in time to defend. Carleton was sent in the clear and the striker with an outside dodge beat Dheeraj before easily slotting the ball home.
The USA will now face Ghana at 11:30am on Monday October 9.
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