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Mali secure place in Round of 16 at U-17 World Cup

Mali and Paraguay at the Under-17 World Cup

Mali finish second in Group B behind Paraguay

Mali booked their place in the Round of 16 at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup after beating New Zealand 3-1 in New Delhi.

The Malians finish second in Group B behind Paraguay, who beat Turkey 3-1 in Mumbai to maintain their 100% record.

The Eaglets took the lead through a fine strike from Salam Jiddou after 18 minutes, with Djemoussa Traore doubling the lead five minutes after half-time.

New Zealand pulled a goal back after 72 minutes but a nervy finish was allayed as Lassana N’Diaye scored Mali’s third.

The goal was also N’Diaye’s third of the tournament.

Mali, who finished runners-up at the 2015 finals in Chile, will meet the team finishing second in Group F on Tuesday in Goa.

After losing their opening game 3-2 to Paraguay, Mali bounced back with a 3-0 win over Turkey.

Ghana 4-0 India

Later in New Delhi, Ghana leapt from third in Group A to finish top after knocking out hosts India with a 4-0 win.

The Black Starlets joined Colombia and the United States in finishing on six points but ended top because of a superior goal difference, with the South Americans taking second spot.

Captain Eric Ayiah scored twice, once in each half, before Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku added goals in the 86th and 87th minutes respectively.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41599876

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October 12th, 2017

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