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Beth Cruz
October 10, 2017

After 75 minutes of play, Ghana was punished for their missed chances when substitute Ayo Akinola scored for the USA.

When Colombia and Ghana came out for the first such press scrum at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi ahead of the U-17 World Cup's opening day, things were no different: bursts of music from dress rehearsals, errant microphones, over-eager photographers stepping up to take pictures.

The boys from Africa seemed more at ease in the hot and humid conditions than their Colombian counterparts.

The Ghanaians lost most of their ball possession to US in the first half which made the young Yankees dictate the pace of the game and also take control of the midfield.

Ghana and United States of America have met twice before in the U-17 World Cup, with the Black Starlets claiming 2-0 wins in both 1995 in Quito and 1999 in Auckland.

The other match in Group A was played between India and Columbia, the latter won 2-1 and hammered the host nation to two defeats. Ayiah put a low cross to the far post beating the defenders and Sadiq Ibrahim tapped it in. Regardless, the six points should be plenty for the Americans to go through as a third-place finisher, with the top four from the six groups moving on.

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. Fabin also heaped praise on his goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim and the defence.

Ghana grew into the game and produced some scintillating spells with only the finishing letting them down.

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