Speedy Ghana beat India by 4-0
Ghana 4 (Eric Ayiah 43′ & 52′; Richard Danso 86′; Emmanuel Toku 87′) – India 0
India’s first FIFA WC campaign ended with a disappointing 4-0 defeat against speedy and dominant Ghana.
Ghana began the game with fast football. After their early goal (6’) was ruled out due to an offside decision, it took 43 minutes to break the deadlock. Eric Ayiah scored the opening goal from a return ball after Indian goalie Dheeraj Singh blocked the earlier cross.
Ayiah also scored the second goal for Ghana on 7 minutes of the second half that led them to the victory.
Late on, two substitutes added to the scoreline for Ghana. On 86 minutes, Richard Danso made the scoreline 3-0 after Indian defence made an awful mistake. In the very next minute, Emmanuel Toku successfully netted to make the scoreline 4-0 for the African side.
With this victory, Ghana entered in the Round of 16 as a Group A points-table leader.
Colombia beat USA; both secured for Round of 16 spot
USA 1 (George Acosta 24′) – Colombia 3 (Juan Vidal 3′; Juan Penaloza 67′; Deiber Caicedo 87′)
Colombia beat the USA by a 3-1 margin and secured the Round of 16 spots after finishing in the second place of Group A. However; the USA also entered in the Round of 16 despite its defeat as they finished in the third place of Group A with six points.
Juan Vidal put Colombia 1-0 ahead on just 3 minutes. On 24 minutes, George Acosta equalised the scoreline for the USA from Andrew Carleton’s cross.
Colombia regained their lead on 67 minutes after Juan Penaloza scored through an outstanding free-kick cross that took from a difficult angle.
Deiber Caicedo added another for Colombia on 87 minutes that was assisted by Penaloza.
Group A standings after the end of Round 3
(Note: GD = goals differences)
Paraguay finished as group winner with a victory
Turkey 1 (Kerem Kesgin 90’3′) – Paraguay 3 (Giovanni Bogado 41′; Fernando Cardozo 43′; Antonio Galeano 61′)
Paraguay beat Turkey by a 3-1 margin and finished at the top of the Group B.
Just after the kick-off, Paraguay won a penalty after Blas Armoa was fouled by Abdussamed Karnucu inside the penalty box just over the 30 seconds mark. However, Anibal Vega failed to capitalise that chance as his low effort was stopped by Turkey goal-keeper Berke Ozer.
Paraguay took 41 minutes to open their account as Giovanni Bogado brought that lead for the South American side with a powerful direct free-kick.
Just 2 minutes later, Fernando Cardozo extended the lead for Paraguay through a brilliant finish from Blas Armoa’s cross.
On 61 minutes, Antonio Galeano added another goal for Paraguay from an outside the box shot that took a big deflection from Bekir Gokcimen’s thigh and entered in the goal without giving any chance to Berke Ozer.
In the injury time, Kerem Kesgin scored the consolation goal for Turkey with a low shot just from outside the box.
Mali secured second place after beating New Zealand
Mali 3 (Salam Giddou 18′; Djemoussa Traore 50′; Lassana N’Diaye 82′) – New Zealand 1 (Charles Spragg 72′)
Mali secured their place in the Round of 16 after finishing in the second place of Group B by beating New Zealand.
Salam Giddou put Mali 1-0 ahead on 18 minutes through a stunning long shot from 25-yard distance that beat the opposing goalie (Zac Jones).
On 5 minutes of the second half, Mali got a 2-0 lead through Djemoussa Traore’s strike with a terrific curling shot from the edge of the box.
On 72 minutes, Charles Spragg reduced the distance for New Zealand (2-1) through a header from Elijah Just’s cross.
However 10 minutes later, Mali secured the match through Lassana N’Diaye’s strike who sent home Fode Konate’s grounded cross.
Group B standings after the end of Round 3
|3||New Zealand||3||0||1||2||– 4||1|
(Note: GD = goals differences)