2017 U17 World Cup

India’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup journey ends with 4-0 defeat against Ghana

After a good start, the Indian kids faced their biggest defeat in the competition to bow out of the tournament.

New Delhi: India lost 4-0 to Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday as they finished their Fifa Under-17 World Cup campaign with no points on board.

Ghana, by virtue of their victory, moved up to six points and finished level on points with US and Colombia after Los Cafeteros beat the Americans 3-1 in their final group stage match. India had one solitary goal courtesy Jeakson Singh to show for their tournament efforts while they let in nine goals.

The game started with Luis Norton de Matos making four changes to the team that lost 1-2 to Colombia. Jitendra Singh, Suresh Wangjam, Aniket Jadhav and Nongdamba Naorem all came in as Namit Deshpande, Abhijit Sarkar, Rahim Ali and Ninthoinganba Meetei dropped to the bench.

India started off with a 4-2-3-1 formation as de Matos chose his most attacking line-up so far, with Jeakson and captain Amarjit holding fort while Suresh was given the license to venture forward.

For the first 20 minutes, India tried to match Ghana’s pace as they had a few forays forward but the Ghanians’ physicality kept the Indian attackers at bay. Ghana were slowly growing into the game as Edward Arko-Mensah tried to catch Dheeraj out with his long rangers which were comfortably dealt with.

The crucial opening goal for Ghana came in the 43rd minute as Sadiq Ibrahim flashed past Sanjeev Stalin to fizz in a ball into the box which keeper Dheeraj Singh could only parry on to the path of Eric Ayiah, the Ghanaian captain who swept the ball high into the roof of the net.

It was 2-0 soon after half-time as Arko-Mensah ran free on the left-wing and cut it back for Ayiah, whose shot was pin-point and arrowed into the bottom-right corner of Dheeraj’s goal.

Amarjit, Aniket and Nong were all taken off as de Matos tried bringing on Rahim Ali, Lalengmawia and Ninthoi to change the game but it was opposition substitute Richard Danso who got the third goal, running onto a through ball and effortlessly stroking it past Dheeraj from the left side of the box.

It was another sub Emmanuel Toku who got the fourth and final goal as Ibrahim Sulley’s shot rebounded off the post and all Ghana’s no 10 had to do was to put the rebound in to complete India’s misery.

Ghana and Colombia qualify automatically for the knockouts while USA will likely progress as one of the lucky third placed teams.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

When house hunting is as easy as shopping for groceries

The supermarket experience comes to a sector where you least expected it.

The woes of a house hunter in India are many. The dreary process starts with circling classifieds in newspapers and collecting shiny brochures. You flip through the proposed and ready designs that launch a hundred daydreams on the spot. So far so good. But, every house hunter would attest to the soul-crushing experience of checking out a disappointing property.

The kitchen of a 2BHK is carved from the corner of the hall, the 3BHK is a converted 2BHK, the building looks much older than in the pictures…. after months of reading the fine line, and between the lines, you feel like all the diagrams and highlights seem to blur into each other.

After much mental stress, if you do manage to zero in on a decent property, there’s a whole new world of knowledge to be navigated - home loans to be sifted through, taxes to be sorted and a finance degree to be earned for understanding it all.

Do you wish a real estate platform would address all your woes? Like a supermarket, where your every need (and want) is catered to? Imagine all your property choices nicely lined up and arranged with neat labels and offers. Imagine being able to compare all your choices side by side. Imagine viewing verfied listings and knowing what you see is what you get. Imagine having other buyers and experts guiding you along every step while you make one of the most important investments in your life. Imagine...

MagicBricks has made every Indian house hunters’ daydream of a simplified real estate supermarket a reality. Now you have more than a pile of brochures at your disposal as the online real estate marketplace brings you lakhs of choices to your fingertips. Instead of bookmarking pages, you can narrow down your choices by area, budget, house type etc. Just so you aren’t hit by FOMO, you can always add a suburb you’ve been eyeing or an extra bedroom to your filter. But there’s more to a house than just floor space. On MagicBricks, you can check for good schools in the vicinity, a park for evening walks or at least an assured easier commute. Save time and energy by vetting properties based on the specs, pictures and floor plans uploaded and have all your niggling concerns addressed on the users’ forum.

Shortlisted a property? Great! No need to descend down another spiral of anxiety. Get help from reliable experts on MagicBricks on matters of legalities, home loans, investment, property worth etc. You can even avail their astrology and Vastu services to ensure an auspicious start to life in your new home or office. With its entire gamut of offerings, MagicBricks has indeed brought the supermarket experience to real estate in India, as this fun video shows below.


Get started with a simplified experience of buying, renting and selling property on MagicBricks here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of MagicBricks and not by the Scroll editorial team.