FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
Akinola winner takes USA top of Group A
09 Oct 2017
- USA top Group A after victory over Ghana
- Substitute Ayo Akinola with the winner for the Stars and Stripes
Ghana face India in New Delhi, while USA meet Colombia in Navi Mumbai in final group games
A late winner from substitute Ayo Akinola saw USA defeat Ghana 1-0 and go top of Group A at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
In what was an intriguing contest at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, the Stars and Stripes made the Black Starlets pay for their missed chances in Monday’s second group match.
The first half was evenly played, with USA edging the number of chances created before the break. Blaine Ferri, in particular, went closest to scoring for the Americans, but both his free-kick effort and a dangerous-looking strike from the edge of the Ghana box missed the target.
The second half saw a more determined Ghana come out and press the initiative, as they created a handful of quality chances just after the break through Sadiq Ibrahim and Emmanuel Toku, in particular.
Ghana would come to regret not taking their chances, as USA won all three points thanks to Akinola's goal on 75 minutes. He slotted a neat finish past Ghana goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim to propel the Stars and Stripes to the top of the group after two straight victories.