Ghana U-17 Girls Cruise To Q/Final

The Black Maidens became the first team to advance to the last-eight of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after a 1-0 win over much-fancied Germany.
A lone goal just prior to half-time separated the two sides and gave Ghana their second straight win.
Winger Lily Niber-Lawrence could have nailed a contender for goal of the tournament midway through the opening half but, after dribbling at pace past several defenders, she lost control at the final moment when presented with an opportunity to shoot.
The best chance of the half for Germany saw Lea Schueller’s strong header tipped over the crossbar onto the roof of net. However, it was all Ghana in the later stages of the opening period.
There was another chance for Niber Lawrence but she hooked the ball over from close range with an awkward chance from close range with her back to goal.
Two minutes before came the goal as Gladys Amfobea delivered a strong back post header from a sideline free-kick to give Ghana the lead.
The second period started much like the first started and a 40-metre free-kick from Ghana’s Niber Lawrence dipped at the last moment and struck the crossbar.
Germany attempted to force the pace in the final stages mostly with long-range shots but, despite some end-to-end action, Ghana’s physical strength prevailed.
Ghana’s final group match will be against Canada on Saturday.

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