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2018 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup: Ghana embarrass hosts Uruguay


Ghana’s U-17 female team, the Black Maidens started their 2018 World Cup campaign in a blistering fashion with a 5-0 thumping of hosts Uruguay at the Estadio Charrua, Montevideo.

The captain of the Maidens, Mukaraa Abdulai, who was adjudged the best player of the game, registered the first hat-trick of the tournament while Fuseina Mumuni and Millot Pokua scored a goal each for the Ghanaians.

The Uruguayans were heavily embarrassed in front of their home crowd by the quick and skillful Ghanaians who scored two goals in the first half en route to the 5-0 victory on the opening day of the tournament.

The Black Maidens scored two goals in five first-half minutes when an unmarked Fuseina Mumuni opened the scoring. The West Africans quickly doubled their advantage, as Grace’s fine cross from the left found Abdulai to head home at the far post.

A third goal would arrive on 66 minutes, as Millot Pokuaa broke in and finished with aplomb before Abdulai completed her hat-trick with two late goals in a fine Ghanaian performance in Montevideo.

New Zealand also defeated Finland 1-0 in the other Group A matchup.

In the other opening day games, Group B failed to produce a winner as Japan and Brazil settled for a goalless draw. The Mexico-South Africa encounter also produced the same result leaving Group B wide open after first round of matches.
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