Starlets settle for third place

15 years ago

A great strike by Sadick Adams canceled out Spain’s lead in normal regulation time but the European side went on to win the semi-final clash 2-1 in the extra-time of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Ulsan complex stadium.

An evenly contest saw both sides spurning great chances in the first half that saw Ghana picking up three bookings, one which rules out Sadick Adams from the next game which happens to be the third place match for the two-time world champions at the competition.

Spain stormed back into the second half determined to shot into the lead and managed to jump infront when Aquino scored a controversial goal after a cross from the left appeared to have hit his arm but Ghana’s appeal was turned down only for the attacker to shot in his second attempt past Joseph Addo in post.

Thirteen minutes later, Ghana responded brilliantly through Sadick Adams who drove in a shot from a pass from Abeiku Quansah on the right to make 1-1.

The goal turned the game on but both sides failed to find the back of the net sending the match into extra-time.

Ghana kicked off the extra 20 minutes of play but had their first initiative at goal adjudged as an offside.

Injury to Adams saw him being replaced by Kelvin Bossman and in the 116th minute of the second period of extra-time, the Spaniards took the lead once again from a well rehearsed freekick which was scored by Bojan.

Ghana launched a late rally for the equalizer with an appeal for penalty on Quansah turned down as Spain rode to victory, their first over Ghana in the age competition and a place in the finals on Sunday.

The Black Starlets would now play the loser of the other semi-final match for third place.