Priscilla Okyere’s goal was good enough for Ghana to overcome a numerical disadvantage as the Black Maidens beat Germany in the match for third place at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan 2012.
Vivien Beil found herself in space in the Ghanaian box just two minutes into the game, but her shot was well parried by Victoria Agyei. Very little happened afterwards though until just after the half-hour, when Fatima Alhassan picked up her second yellow card in four minutes and, reducing the maidens to 10 women for the second game running.
Ghana, however, overcame that setback to take the lead seven minutes before the break. Sherifatu Sumaila delivered a pinpoint cross from the right with goalkeeper Merle Frohms unable to keep out Okyere’s first-time effort despite getting a hand to it.
The Germans dominated possession after the restart, but they struggled to create meaningful opportunities as the maidens defended their lead bravely. Sara Dabritz managed to test Agyei with one powerful 25-yard free-kick, but the she was up to the challenge.
Germany failed to break down the Maidens as they won bronze for the national team making history in the process as they became the first African team to gain a podium finish at the women’s U-17 showpiece as well as achieving Ghana’s highest ever finish at a women’s FIFA tournament.