Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Black Starlets Make Winning Start Against Colombia

Black Starlets Make Winning Start Against Colombia

While India went down 0-3 to United States of America in their first group stage match, Group A also saw Ghana take the early initiative through Sadiq Ibrahim's 39th minute strike as they downed Colombia 1-0 in the first match on Friday in New Delhi at the Fifa Under 17 World Cup. In the first match against Colombia, they had won by a solitary goal difference. The other team in the group is Colombia, who were scheduled to play the hosts India in the second match in Delhi, starting at 8 p.m.

The first half was goal-less.

Juan Penaloza scored a brace for Colombia as they secured a hard fought win.

Both teams created plenty of scoring chances although Ghana enjoyed the upper hand.

The African country, in their ninth appearance, are back into the under-17- World Cup following a 10-year absence.

Colombia nearly found the equaliser off a counter attack in the 81st minute when left winger Deiber Caicedo latched on to pass from the midfield and made a speedy run into the Ghana penalty box.

When the moment arrived, it was Ayiah who popped up with the assist as he stretched the play to the left before fizzing in a low cross which Ibrahim converted at the far post. Taking a cross from the left, the Colombian edged along the top of the India box before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed shot past Moirangthem for a 1-0 lead.

Now chasing the game, India played with renewed vigour.

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam scored a wonderful goal for India as they finally got on the board in the FIFAU-17 World Cup. He shielded Indian defence quite well by sitting in front of the back-four and intercepted the balls well to keep Colombia at bay.

But any dreams India had of going into the final Group A game against Ghana with at least a point were ended nearly immediately after that when Juan Penaloza ran onto Gustavo Carvajal's through ball to slot home the winning goal.

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