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U-17 WWC: Captain Mukarama’s brace helps Ghana to top group A

Written by Christine Dzakah

Ghana finished as Group A winners at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the final matchday of their group stage play, thanks to a brace from captain Mukarama Abdulai.

The match was all about placement, with both having confirmed their quarter-final qualification last matchday out. The first half was played rather evenly, with Amelia Abbott producing the game's first significant chance when she attempted a half-volley which flew over the crossbar.

Grace Animah forced Anna Leat into making an excellent save midway through the half. The Kiwis' goalkeeper did well to tip the shot over the crossbar while backtracking towards her goal.