FIFA U17 World Cup: Ayo Akinola powers USA to narrow 1-0 win over Ghana


Substitute Ayo Akinola climbed off the bench to score the match-winner for the United States in their 1-0 win over Ghana in their second group A game on Monday.

The Americans put on a brilliant display of resolute defending and clinical finishing to take pole position in the group  at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi.

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 the match through Akinola 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 with two straight victories.

Ghana face India in New Delhi, while USA meet Colombia in Navi Mumbai in final group games.


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