Ghana eased to a comfortable 5-0 win over hosts in their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 opener, while South Africa picked a historic point in a goalless draw against Mexico on Tuesday.
Uruguay 0-5 Ghana
Ghana repeated their 2012 feat, collecting yet another 5-0 win over Uruguay—their biggest win in the tournament.
Captain Mukarama Abdulai, topscorer in the African qualifiers, extended her brilliant form as she claimed the first hat-trick of the tournament.
Abdulai set up Fuseina Mumuni, who made a splendid turn before slotting home the opener in the 20th minute.
Animah Grace then found Abdulai to score Black Maidens’ second five minutes later.
Ghana’s third came in the 66th minute with Millot Pokuaa, who came in for an injured Mumini, adding her name to the scoreboard.
Abdulai then wrapped up the proceedings at the Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo, with two late goals.
The win places Ghana at the peak of Group A on three points, tied with New Zealand who edged debutants Finland 1-0 courtesy of Kelli Brown’s long-range finish.
Ghana: 1-Grace Buoadu (GK), 5-Elizabeth Oppong, 12-Nina Norshie, 17-Tedinah Sekyere, 4-Justice Tweneboaa, 6-Jacqueline Owusu, 10-Fuseina Mumuni (3- Millot Pokuaa 39’), 13-Azumah Bugre, 19-Animah Grace, 8-Mukarama Abdulai, 14-Mavis Owusu (7-Suzzy Teye 65’)
Scorers: Mumuni 20’, Pokuaa 39’, Abdulai 25, 78, 90+1’
Caution: 17-Tedinah Sekyere 17’
Coach: Evans Adotey
Player of the match: Mukarama Abdulai (GHA)
Mexico 0-0 South Africa
Bantwana marked their return after an eight-year hiatus by registering South Africa’s first ever point in a Women’s World Cup.
The North Americans had the lion’s share of chances in their Group B opener but the South Africans’ defense proved impenetrable.
It was a similar tale in the other Group B match as Brazil drew 0-0 with 2016 runners-up Japan to leave all four teams in the group tied on a point apiece.
South Africa: 1-Kay-Dee Windvogel (GK), 2-Yolanda Nduli, 3-Lonathemba Mhlongo, 20-Fikile Magama, 6-Sibulele Holweni, 8-Jessica Wade, 9-Chelsea Daniels, 12-Oratile Mokwena. 13-Sphumelele Shamase (7-Khunjolwa Mali 83’), 8-Miche Minnies (11- Zethembiso Vilakazi 59’), 19-Serenity Warner
Coach: Simphiwe Dludlu
Player of the match: Alison Gonzalez (MEX)
Next Match | Friday, 16 November
Japan v South Africa (5pm GMT)
Finland v Ghana (7pm GMT)