Ghana 0-1 USA; The Yanks Beat 'Wasteful' Starlets

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Ghana had the first clear chance in the 15th minute when Sadiq powered a diagonal long ranger from the left wing which was blocked by Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier at his near post.

Ghana's Ibrahim Sadiq (centre) attempts to score past Colombia goalkeeper Kevin Mier (right) during the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.

"But I'm happy because it's the group stage and to have taken three points in your first match, it's good, it's very good, so I'm happy for that".

The West Africans got their tournament off to a strong start when they defeated Colombia 1-0 in their Group A opener on Friday, with Sadiq Ibrahim scoring the only goal of the game.

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Ghana first found the back of the net in the 28th minute but it was whistled offside but soon in the 39th minute, Ghana went forth on a counter-attack and captain Eric Ayiah showed his brilliance.

Ayo Akinola, a Toronto FC product, came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute, slotting home from the right channel after being set up by Atlanta United's Chris Goslin to make it two wins in two games in India. Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo replaced an ineffective Brayan Gomez by Deiber Caicedo at the half time but his side's fortunes did not change much.

The boys from Africa seemed more at ease in the hot and humid conditions than their Colombian counterparts. And the move paid dividends 12 minutes later.

He is yet to fully recover from a bruising tackle in that match, although he participated in recovery training a day after Ghana accounted for Colombia.