Ghana trounce India 4-0 in final group match


The spirited Colombians scored a goal in the first half and added two more in the second to seal the issue beyond USA.

US came close to taking the lead in the 37th minute when captain Josh Sargent's freekick took deflection of Colombian wall and missed the goal by few meter before going out for a corner.

Colombia took the lead in the 3rd minute.

The Americans came into the match without having conceded a goal, but fell behind early on as Juan Vidal was quickest to a long throw into the box that wasn't properly cleared. George Acosta of the U.S. then equalised in the 24th minute before Juan Penaloza gave Colombia the upper hand after the half time. This was Columbia's second win after they defeated India 2-1 in New Delhi. George Acosta delivered a first-half equalizer, but Colombia dominated the second half, scoring goals on Juan Peñaloza's sensational free kick and Deiber Caicedo's 87th-minute insurance strike.

Both the teams were aggressive in their approach. Colombia had another chance in the 60th minute but Andres Perea's shot from outside the box was saved well by United States of America goalkeeper.

Etilso Martinez was fouled outside the box by U.S. defender, Penaloza right footed shot dipped over U.S. keeper Garces and went to the bottom right corner. Ghana also needed a win to be sure of a top two finish in the group and hence an automatic knock-out berth, prompting them to keep the Indian citadel under seize throughout the match. The star midfielder delivered the cross from the left-hand side which went to unmarked Caicedo on the other side of the goal. That, coupled with Ghana's 4-0 win over India, shot the African side to first in Group A and allowed Colombia to overtake the USA. In spite of this defeat, they still qualify for the knockout stage as the best third place team. For one full minute, as the score read India 1-1 Colombia, the country revelled in standing toe to toe with the biggest footballing nations of the world - at their first ever World Cup appearance at any level.Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who had cancelled all his evening appointments so that he could watch the U-17 boys in action, posted on Facebook after the match, "Wow what a save, Dheeraj, Wow what a goal, Jeackson, Wow what a team, India!"