U-20 W/Cup: Germany, Ghana In Bright Start

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 got off to a flying start, with eight goals, a major upset and revenge for the last World Cup final among the major headlines on Day One.
Almost 15,000 hopeful spectators made their way to Toronto’s National Stadium to cheer on Canada in the opening match.
However, Ghana had not read the script and spoiled the hosts’ party with a 1-0 win and the first shock of the tournament.
Several thousand miles to the west, Germany managed to avenge their defeat to USA in the final of Japan 2012. For their part, 2006 world champions Korea DPR also posted a narrow win, over Finland, while China secured a last-gasp point against Brazil.
However, 17-year-old Sherifatu Sumaila’s goal in Ghana’s match against Canada will not go down as one of the most stunning strikes in the tournament’s history.
Nevertheless, it was a very special moment for the Black Princesses, as it not only sealed their surprise victory over the hosts but also ended a 340-minute U-20 World Cup goal drought for the African side.
Fittingly, Ghana’s last goal in the competition was scored by Elizabeth Cudjoe in their 2-0 win against Switzerland in 2010; four years later her younger sister Jennifer started the match against Canada and was instrumental in her team’s triumph.
“I had said before the tournament that we had the potential to win the World Cup. And we sent a signal that we’re not here for fun, but for business. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to win the World Cup,” Bashir Hayford, Ghana coach said.


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