Mali secured their first win of the Under-17 World Cup with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey
Djemoussa Traore gave Turkey the lead in the 38th minute, getting at the end of Hadji Drame’s through ball to slot it past the keeper into the bottom right corner. Lassana N’Diaye made it 2-0 in the 68th minute with a right-footed shot from close range from a corner. Fode Konate made it 3-0 in the 86th with a left-foot finish from the centre of the box.
Mali’s final group game will be against New Zealand on Thursday, while Turkey will face Paraguay, who beat Mali 3-2 in their opening game.
Djemoussa Traore, Lassana Ndiaye and Fode Konate scored a goal each as Mali thrashed Turkey 3-0 in a Group B match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday. This is a strong comeback from the African nation after losing to Paraguay in their opener. Turkey, on the other hand, are still win-less as they had drawn their opening game 1-1 against New Zealand on October 6. The two teams will next play on October 12 when Turkey will take on Paraguay while Mali will face New Zealand.
Mali were in complete control of the game in the initial half and came close to scoring yet again around the 25th minute as captain Mohamed Camara’s flying effort, from outside the box, missed the target as it floated over the crossbar.
Two minutes later, Malik Karaahmet;s right-footed shot from the right side of the box was saved in the bottom right corner by Mali’s Youssouf Koita.
It was in the 38th minute that Mali eventually succeeded in bagging the opener as Djemoussa Traore targeted the bottom right corner of the goalpost, a well-delivered goal which was initially started by Hadji Drame’s clever through-ball.
The proceedings of the first-half came to an end with the mighty Mali enjoying a goal’s cushion at the half-time whistle.
In the hope of leveling the score, Turkey began the latter half on a positive note with striker Yunus Akgun coming close to the target. The Galatasaray forward’s left-footed shot flew high over the crossbar as the Turkish team’s efforts went in vain.
Turkey’s misery was stretched further as opponents Mali struck another goal, around the one hour mark. As Jonas Komal’s side were gifted a corner-kick, the ball travelled to Fode Konate who flicked it to team-mate Abdoulaye Diaby. The latter took a shot at the goal but his effort hit the woodwork; however the ricocheted ball reached Lassana Ndiaye who did no mistake in sending it into the back of the net.
An unorganized Turkey side was totally dominated by the West Africans as the latter contingent was unluckily denied of the third goal. Mamadou Traore, who was left unmarked in the penalty box, released a ball towards the left side of the goalpost; however the ball rolled along the goal-line and missed the mark.
But, in the 86th minute, Mali’s full-back Fode Konate made up for the earlier missed effort as his shot from the centre of the box beat the Turkish defenders and also the goalkeeper, as he slotted the ball to the top right corner to seal the three points for his side in what was a commendable performance by The Eagles.