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Ghana deserved victory over India, says Matos

19:18 EAT 12/10/2017
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The Black Starlets recovered from their defeat to USA to hammer India and top Group A

India coach Luis Norton de Matos has admitted that Ghana were better than his team following a 4-0 thrashing, as the hosts bowed out of the 2017 Fifa U17 World Cup with zero points and nine goals conceded.

A brace from captain Eric Ayiah and a strike each from substitutes Emmanuel Toku and Richard Danso helped the Black Starlets finish as winners of Group A with superior goal difference ahead of Columbia and United States.

"Ghana deserved the victory. They are a strong team," Matos said.

"My fear thereabout was the tough games [played] in the nine days for these players because it is the first time in such level for them. In the first-half, it was very well, the players improved well.

"In the second-half, we made three mistakes. We lost the ball three times in forbidden zones and Ghana finished them.

He added: "Congratulations to the [Indian] boys because they played much better than everyone expected from them. Ghana were very strong in all aspects of the game and we had no legs or physique to play against a team like Ghana in the second-half."

The Black Starlets will lock horns with the third-placed team from Group C, D or E in the round of 16 on October 18.