Starlets ease through to last 16

16 years ago

Ghana has qualified for the round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 after beating Colombia 2-1 in a hotly contested final Group F game in Ulsan.

The win sees the Black Starlets finish second to Germany in the group and pick up qualification to the next round with Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago both missing out of the round of 16.

Ghana would now come up against Brazil on Wednesday in Gwangyang in the round of 16 clash.

Ghana got off quickly with good play coming close to finding target between the 4th and 6th minutes of the game as the Colombians reeled back.

The Colombian keeper, Mauro, did well to deny Ghana the opener with some pretty good saves.

With the match stats reading in Ghana’s favour, the Black Starlets had to wait until the 32nd minute when their domination reflected on the cards as they secured the opener.

Ransford Osei continued his scoring run in the competition when he struck his fourth goal against Colombia after three games.

The goal separated both sides as the first half was brought to an end.

The Cafeteros, who before the game led Ghana by a point on the standings bounced back into action in the second half determined to cancel out the lead by the Black Starlets.

And fifteen minutes into the half, Nazarith leveled up for the Cafeteros.

Ghana, who needed a point to book a place in the last 16 upped their game to go top but near misses saw the score line pegged at 1-1.

Twenty-four minutes after the equalizer by the Colombians, and Ghana doubled up on with the second goal which proved to be the match winner in the 84th minute.

Ishmael Yartey struck a shot from outside the box to beat Cafeteros keeper, Mauro, after Ransford Osei had laid the ball into his path to send the Black Starlets into the last 16.