Mali advanced themselves to the semifinals after defeating Ghana 2-1 in a FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal match at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.
Hadji Drame and Djemoussa Traore scored 1-1 goal each to make their way to the semis in a nail-biting match. However, Ghana tried their best to reduce the margin with Kudus Mohammed scoring the only goal for his team in the 70th minute.
Last edition’s runners-up Mali started on an attacking note with Lassana N’diaye finding the ball at his feet in a dangerous position on two different occasions, but Ghana’s defence was equal to the task.
Meanwhile, England defeated USA 4-1 in the other FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal as Rhian Brewster scored a magnificent hattrick and Morgan Gibbs White scored the fourth goal in the second half of the match. Within the span of three minutes, Brewster scored his first two goals. Later, he converted a penalty into a goal to claim his hattrick.
England will now face either Germany or Brazil in the semifinals.
(With PTI inputs)