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Nov 20, 2018

Ghana beat New Zealand 2-0 to top Group A in FIFA Women's World Cup

Ghana beat New Zealand 2-0 on Tuesday to top Group A in the final matchday of the group in the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay.

The West Africa's side's two goals was scored captain Mukarama Abdulai.

The match was all about placement with both having confirmed their quarter-final qualification last matchday out.

The first half was played rather evenly with Amelia Abbott producing the game's first significant chance when she attempted a half-volley which flew over the crossbar.

Grace Animah forced Anna Leat into making an excellent save midway through the half. The Kiwis' goalkeeper did well to tip her shot over the crossbar while she ran backwards towards her goal.

Ghana captain and current golden boot leader Mukarama Abdulai opened the scoring in the 61st minute when she ran on to a long ball lofted over the New Zealand backline before controlling the ball after the bounce and directing her shot past Leat into the bottom corner.

Abdulai doubled Ghana's lead shortly before the full-time whistle with a driven shot into the near top corner past Leat to bring her tournament tally to six in three matches.

Ghana will face Mexico in the quarter-finals on Sunday 25 November in Montevideo.

The Black Maidens qualified for the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive time at the U-17 Women's World Cup. Their best performance in tournament history came in 2012 when they finished in third place.

The woman of the match was given to Grace Animah.
 

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