Ghana beat Colombia, next up Brazil
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Ghana underlined their title credentials with a 2-1 win over Colombia, qualifying for the Round of 16 as the second-placed side in Group F. The game took place on Sunday 26 August in the Ulsan Complex Stadium.

Cafetero coach Eduardo Lara had sent out his young charges with three key instructions: hold onto the ball, cover the flanks, and always pressure the player receiving the ball. Opposite number Sellas Tetteh opted for a more direct approach, designed to take advantage of his forward's speed. The Ghanaians started the stronger, and subsequently took the lead in the 33 rd minute through dangerman Ransford Osei.

The Black Starlets took an even greater hold of the game after the interval, but were wasteful in the final third. Somewhat relieved to still be in the match, Colombia made the Africans pay for their profligacy on the hour mark, Cristian Nazarith levelling matters at 1-1. With the three points there for the taking, up popped an unmarked Ishamel Yartey to win the game for Ghana.

In the Round of 16, Ghana will face Brazil while Colombia take on Nigeria.