Ghana reach Women's U17 World Cup quarter-final after defeating Germany

Ghana became the first country to reach the quarter-finals of the Women's U17 World Cup on Tuesday when beating highly-fancied Germany 1-0 at the tournament in Costa Rica.

Ghana U17 girls defeated Germany to reach the quarter finals

Ghana became the first country to reach the quarter-finals of the Women’s U17 World Cup on Tuesday when beating highly-fancied Germany 1-0 at the tournament in Costa Rica.

Gladys Amfobea scored her first goal at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as the Black Maiden reached the last eight of the competition.

The right-back headed in a free kick in the 43 minute of the first half to hand the Black Maidens their second-straight victory in Group B.

With six points from two games, coach Augustine Adotey’s side becomes the first team at the finals in Costa Rica to advance to the next stage.

The European champions came close to levelling but goalkeeper Azume Adams pulled some great saves to maintain another clean sheet.

Ghana almost suffered a 10th minute scare when Thai referee Pannipar Kamnueng flashed the red card at Jane Abambila for a challenge on a German player.

The referee quickly rectified her error and pulled out a yellow card rather.

In the 11th and 26th minutes, Azume was on hand to keep out a free kick and tipped over her bar a thumping header by Lea as hurler.

With two minutes remaining to end the half, Amfobea found space at the far post to power a header past a diving Vivien Brandt.

The goal scorer almost doubled it for Ghana in the second half when her free kick cannoned off the crossbar.

The game generated into an end-to-end action but the Germans came close a couple of times and with all their breaks, Azume and the back line built around captain Amina Fuiseni thwarted all their efforts.

Ghana will play Canada in the final group fixture on Saturday in Tibas.

Starting team

Azume Adams, Naomi Anima, Gladys Amfobea, Amina Fuseini, Belinda Anane, Ernestina Abambila, Lily Niber-Lawrence, Samira Abdul-Rahman/Stephany Adomako/Vinoria Kuzagbe, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Jane Ayieyam, Laadi IssakaGhana

READERS COMMENTS

  1. KOMFO says:

    Kudos girls. We adore you all for you have shown class.

    • spellBOUND says:

      true say. they gave germany more than they can handle. i have to say that there are tremendous talent on this team. i saw some nice moves. the germans could not keep pace with the strikers and the counter.

  2. kofi says:

    Congratulations BLACK MAIDENS! This is a lesson and a blue print for AA. It is Ghanaian football system that beats the Europeans, and not plying like them because they are better at their game than we are. Like Evans Adotey just did with the Black Maidens, Sellas Tetteh also Proved it last year by beating both USA and Portugal. Playing in Europe doesn’t mean you are good, and an element of surprise needed in this battle for AA requires CHAN stars Yahaya Mohamed to replace Jordan Ayew, and CHAN’s central defenders to replace the penalty prone Jonathan Mensah and Lee Addy. Congrats BLACK MAIDENS!

  3. anokwale says:

    From what I did get to see, the girls are talented with team ball and defensively. They still need a little work in the final third but I was impressed overall.

  4. Aloso says:

    zambia sent one its failed projects to the tournament and boy did they show their true spirit conceding six unaswered goals in two matches.

    football must be hurting and suffereing within the borders of zambia—

    why zambia again— caf pls advice zambia to put its limited resources in something other than football.

  5. Aloso says:

    zambia sent one of its failed projects to the tournament and boy did they show their true spirit conceding six unaswered goals in two matches.

    football must be hurting and suffereing within the borders of zambia—

    why zambia again— caf pls advice zambia to put its very limited resources in something other than football.

  6. aloso says:

    hmm zambia sent one of its failed projects to the tournament and boy did they show their true spirit conceding six unaswered goals in two matches.

    football must be hurting and suffereing within the borders of zambia—

    why zambia again— caf pls advice zambia to put its very limited resources in something other than football.

  7. loloso says:

    zambia sent one of its (many) failed (football) projects to the (U17 Girls) tournament and boy did they show their true spirit by awefully underperforming among its African peers (Ghana and Nigeria)not only by conceding six unaswered goals in two matches but also having been among the first to be eliminated on match day two.
    football must be hurting and suffereing within the borders of zambia—
    why zambia again— i bet zambia and football are not compatible.
    caf pls advice zambia to put its very limited resources in something other than football else mediocrity would be a norm on the continent.

  8. akwaboa says:

    zambia hand picked and sent one of its (many) failed (football) projects to the (U17 Girls) tournament and boy did they show their true spirit by awefully underperforming among its African peers (Ghana and Nigeria)not only by conceding six unaswered goals in two matches but also having been among the first to be eliminated on match day two.
    football must be hurting and suffereing within the borders of zambia—
    why zambia again— i bet zambia and football are not compatible.
    caf pls advice zambia to put its very limited resources in something other than football else mediocrity would be a norm on the continent.

  9. akwaboa says:

    why zambia again?

  10. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Kudos for the win girls! However I don’t know what the coach told them in the dressing room during recess cuz they kind of took their feet of the peddle in the second half allowing the Germans to dominate throughout the entire second period. Typical of most African coaches whenever they are playing against stiffer oppositions, always content with sitting back and socking the pressure once they have taking the lead, you cant always win with such tactics. They played so well in the 1st half and I was wondering why they didn’t replicate the same performance in the 2nd half, had they done that we could have had a goal or two in the 2nd half. I have been impressed with the output of the back-four and also the GK, they’ve all been absolutely solid. Once again kudos for the win, we hope to see more of that in subsequent games.

  11. aloso says:

    why za mbia?
    caf to their rescue

  12. Maxwell Johnson says:

    And did I hear someone mention Yahya Mohammed and host of other CHAN players as a replacements for some of WC candidates? I bet that fella is high on cracks or something, you think we’re going to a cassava farm huh! Dawg cut the crap the WC is no joke! These local players don’t have the temperament for such big games and occasions. Lee Addy is a perfect example, he was twice voted as the best defender in the domestic league buh we all know how shaky he’s whenever he plays for the B/S. His performance for the B/S has been nothing to write home about despite all the chances and exposure he’s been given to all this yrs. For now I don’t think these local players have any chance of gatecrashing the WC squad. Perhaps the likes of Ainooson or Nuru Sulley can be tried in subsequent exhibition games after the WC, these two were our most impressive players in the CHAN alongside the GK Adams.

  13. wamaselo says:

    Without appearance US$75,000 fee you made us proud, BS please we need this score in Brazil!!!

  14. The Cockerell says:

    I watched the whole match last night ( instead of going to sleep ) and the girls proved what determination and team spirit can achieve. The girls started a bit shakily, unable to play too much controlled football offensively, but clearly determined not to concede an early goal. The Germans settled very quickly into their stride and won a few free kicks and corners which we struggled to defend. The Maidens finally settled into the match with about 20 minutes gone on the clock and then they simply took over for the rest of the half. Even though the German girls were bigger physically than our Maidens, they struggled to deal with the pace, power and intensity of our attacks. We created several chances and should have been ahead long before we scored at the end of the first half. We spent most of the second half in defensive mode but the Germans struggled to get behind our defence and create any serious chances for most of the half. The girls clearly got tired in the last 10 minutes of the match and gaps began to appear in our back line giving us a few shaky moments. All in all though, the perfect result from a tough clash.
    2 points regarding Coach Adotey:
    a) he clearly had a chat with the girls about their defending of set pieces at half time because it improved considerably in the second half +++
    b) it was very obvious in the last 15 minutes that the some of the girls were exhausted, so it was concerning that we didn’t bring on our 2 final substitutes till well inside the last 10 minutes. This could have cost us the 3 points —

    WELL DONE YOU MAIDENS! Black Stars oseeeeiiiiiiii. …….

  15. boro says:

    Carbon copy of what will happen to the Germans in Brazil. You cannot beat the BS twice in the group stages. Kudos! Young women and girls.