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France 4-1 Ghana: Black Princesses brushed aside in U-20 Women's World Cup opener

22:13 GMT+4 05/08/2018
Ghana women - Awcon 2016
Yussif Basigi's outfit failed to take off on a good note after letting in four goals against the hosts

It was a poor start for Ghana at the 2018 Fifa Under-20 Women's World Cup following a 4-1 defeat to hosts France on Sunday. 

Sandra Owusu-Ansah registered the Black Princesses' only goal after Emelyne Laurent's double and Helene Fercocq's strike gave Les Bleuettes a three-goal lead, before Sandy Baltimore struck in stoppage time to condemn the West Africans at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

With the Netherlands beating New Zealand 2-1 in the other group game, Ghana have been forced bottom of Group A ahead of their next match on Wednesday. 

A nervous start by the Princesses afforded France an early sixth minute goal through Laurent, who, after being picked out by a Selma Bacha cross, saw her powerful shot ricochet off the crossbar and then the upright before crossing the goal line. 

The Princesses were seemingly awoken by the goal as they subsequently found their footing with intermittent spells of possession. 

Although they created little chances, they looked more organized and well on course to get a goal of their own until Fercocq struck in the 27th minute. 

The FC Metz star coolly slotted into the net after captain Marie-Antoinette Katoto squared a ball through. 

The goal heavily dazed the Ghanaians, who failed to recover on time to prevent a third in 31st minute as Laurent's effort proved unstoppable for both goalkeeper Martha Annan and the crossbar. 

Ghana came back strongly after half-time, and following occasional forays, they were finally rewarded with a goal in the 58th minute when Owusu-Ansah, having received a through ball from Grace Asantewaa, went round goalkeeper Mylene Chavas before planting her effort into the net. 

However, France would not end the game without a three-goal cushion. 

In the seventh minute of injury time, the hosts made it 4-1 through substitute Baltimore, who was on hand to tap home a rebound after Annan stopped a free-kick. 

The Black Princesses, who have not gone beyond the group stage in all four previous appearances at the World Cup, return to action against the Netherlands on Wednesday.