BY ANNETTE S. YEBOAH
A SUPERLATIVE performance saw the Black Starlets of Ghana outclass hosts nation, India, in the ongoing 17th edition of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
The Starlets won the match by 4-0 against India and so have progressed to the knock-out phase of the competition.
Two goals from Captain Eric Ayiah (43rd and 52nd minutes), and each from Richard Danso (86th) and Emmanuel Toku (87th) ensured an easy victory.
The victory has cushioned the Ghanaians to the summit of Group A followed by Columbia and United States of America (USA) in that order, though all three have six points each.
Thursday’s game was an improvement over the Ghanaians’ last two matches against Columbia and the USA.
The opening half proved frenzied at times, but as it wore on, the Black Starlets took control and created the majority of the chances.
Though it took some time, they got the opener just before the break when Ayiah struck home on the rebound after India goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem parried Sadiq Ibrahim’s low cross into his path in the box.
It looked like Ghana were on course to a comfortable win as the task of overcoming the Ghanaians proved too much for the Indians, whose campaign in this tournament comes to an end after three straight defeats in the group.