By Abhishek Shukla
NAVI MUMBAI: African Champions Mali defeated listless Turkey by 3-0 At DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.
Goals from Djemoussa Traore (38′), Lassana Ndiaye (68′) and Fode Konate (86′) guaranteed Mali’s first win of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Turkey rested 4 players from starting line-up from previous encounter against New Zealand, while Mali rested 1 defender from last line up against Paraguay.
Match started with midfield tussle between Turkey and Mali midfielders. First real chance came in 4th minute for Mali when Lassana N’diaye shot went off target while Turkey’s Goal keeper came in front to stop Lassana.
Mali’s defender Abdoulaye Diaby shown yellow card in 7th minute, which is enough to see him on bench in next match as he had a yellow card from previous encounter against Paraguay.
Lassana N’diaye got another chance in 14th minute similar to last one but his effort goes off target. Unlike last match against Paraguay, where Mali opened up its defense in first half which gave some easy goals to Paraguay forwards, this time Mali is playing much more attacking game and till 16th minute of play they had 3 attempts on target.
Mali got several close opportunities in first half in that several were off targets and others were blocked by Turkey goal keeper, Berke Ozer. On the other hand, Turkey saw fewer opportunities to score during first half, one of the main chances they created was in 29th minute when Mali’s custodian in Gloves, Youssouf koita came forward to stop the ball but failed to do so and later that was cleared by defense.
Mali got the lead in 38th minute when Djemoussa Traore chipped on wrong side of Turkish keeper, who went to close the near end of the post but failed to cover the far end.
In second half Mali started with putting pressure on Turkish defense, Turkey did put some good show early in second half too. But both team failed to capitalize on chances they created.
N’diaye doubled the lead in 68th minute for the Africa U17 Cup of National Champion, Mali. This was N’Diaye’s second goal in two matches.
Mali missed opportunity to triple the lead in 77th minute when N’diaye hit the post while Turkish defense caught sleeping.
Fode Konate tripled the lead in 86th minute for Mali, as he Salam Jiddou steals the ball from Turkish defense and passed it to Konate, who scored from box line.
Turkey – Berke Ozer, Sahan Akyuz, Ozan Kabak, Ahmed Kutucu, Kerem Kesgin, Malik Karaahmet, Atalay Babacan, Ismail Cokcalis, Umut Gunes, Yunis Akgun, Berk Cetin
Mali – Youssouf Koita, Boubacar Haidara, Djemoussa Traore, Fode Konate, Mohamed camara, Hadji Drame, Salam Jiddou, Abdoulaye Diaby, Mamadou Samake, Ibrahim Kane, Lassana Ndiaye
Photo Credits: FIFA