The Eaglets of Mali beat Ghana’s Black Starlets 2-1 in the first quarterfinal of the FIFA U17 World Cup today at Guwahati to become the first team to book their semis berth.
Hadji Drame drew first blood for the _Les Aiglonnets _in the 15th minute and Djemoussa Traore doubled their lead at the hour mark. Kudus Mohammed scored the consolation goal for the _Black Starlets _from a penalty in the 70th minute.
Mali broke the deadlock against the run of play when Salam Jiddou played a one-two with N’Diaye and found Hadji Drame who slotted the ball home in from an angle.
The major talking point came after Algerian referee,Ahmed Medhi disallowed a goal scored by Ghana’s Sulley on the 39th minute.
The Ghanaians were fired up to equalise right at the start of the second half but their efforts were not enough.
Mali who brought up the second of the night right after the hour mark. A long ball from the centre into the Ghana box saw goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim come out of his box and miscue his clearance. Djemoussa Traore latched onto the ball and with ample time in his hand, curled the ball in from the left side. Danlad ran back in time and got some fingers to it but was unable to stop the ball from going into the net.
Sadiq Ibrahim then went on to win a penalty for his side as he was brutally tackled by Fode Konate inside the box and Kudus Mohammed scored it.
There was jubilation after the full-time whistle as Mali became the first team to qualify for the semifinals as they now travel to Navi Mumbai to face the winners of the match between Spain and Iran on 25 October, 2017.