Highlights: Ghana through to U17 WWC quarters, South Africa fall to Japan

Millot Pokuaa is joined by Skipper Mukarama Abdulai to celebrate Ghana's opener against Finland in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018

Ghana made it two wins in two to advance to the knockout of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018, while South Africa continued search for first ever World Cup win on Friday.

Ghana 3-1 Finland

 

Ghana extended their perfect start with a 3-1 win over debutants Finland to reach their fourth successive U-17 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.

The Black Maidens opened the scoring just six minutes in when Mavis Owusu surged down the right flank before releasing a diagonal pass back into the box.

Finland skipper Tuuli Enkkila’s clearance fell to Millot Pokuaa, who coolly slotted home  her second of the tournament.

Pokuaa then turned provider seven minutes later, floating in a cross from the right for leading scorer Mukarama Abdulai to net her fourth of the tournament.

Finland pulled one back after the break with Jenni Kantanen scoring the nation’s first ever goal at a U-17 Women’s World Cup.

But the West Africans would have the final say through Grace Animah’s beauty of a free-kick home six minutes to time.

Ghana stormed into the knockouts with a game in hand alongside New Zealand in Group A.

The Kiwis came from behind to grab a 2-1 win over hosts Uruguay to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.

Goals by Kelli Brown and Grace Wisnewski overturned Belen Aquino’s opener to send the hosts packing.

Finland 1-3 Ghana
Scorers: Pokuaa 6′, Abdulai 13′, Animah 86′ // Kantanen 75′.
Player of the Match: Mukarama Abdulai (GHA)

Japan 6-0 South Africa

 

In the opening match of Matchday Three, South Africa extended their search for a first ever win in the tournament following a 6-0 loss to Japan.

Haruka Osawa and Sara Ito netted a brace apiece, while Tomoko Tanaka and Yuzuki Yamamoto scored a goal each.

Osawa’s second goal of the match was a landmark for Japan, as they became the first nation to score 100 goals in the competition’s history.

In the other Group B match, Mexico edged Brazil 1-0 courtesy of Vanessa Buso’s first half finish.

With the result, Japan and Mexico need just a point in their final group match to advance while South Africa will need to thump Brazil to do the same.

Japan 6-0 South Africa
Scorers: Osawa 4′ 23′, Tanaka 37′(pen), S.Ito 41′ 51′, Yamamoto 90’+1
Player of the Match: Haruka Osawa (JPN)

Matchday 3 Roundup

Group A
Finland 1-3 Ghana
Uruguay 1-2 New Zealand

Group B
Japan 6-0 South Africa
Mexico 1-0 Brazil

Photos: FIFA via Getty Images

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