Les Bleuetes have set off on a positive note after defeating the 2009 world champions 3-1 in the opening game of the 2013 World Youth Championship in Turkey.
The Black Satellites fell to goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yaya Sanogo, and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, with their consolation provided by Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.
The game which was the opening game of the tournament started in a surprisingly open manner with the Ghanaians, especially looking to start on the front foot as Frank Acheampong almost carved out an opening in the first minute but his dangerous cross was deflected away from Ebenezer Assifuah. Both sides settled into rhythm after that and neither side really created any clear cut chances until the 31st minute where a series of neat passes opened up the clearest chance of the first half for Kondogbia, but Eric Ofori-Antwi did well to deflect the Sevilla midfielder’s effort away with his foot.
France almost profited from a Ghanaian mistake a minute later as Lawrence Lartey’s attempt at clearing a cross only succeeded in him deflecting the ball past his keeper and towards goal, but his defensive partner, Attamah Laweh pared his brushes with an acrobatic clearance off the line. The chances seemed to bring life into the game and Ghana created one of their own a couple of minutes later but Assifuah had moved a fraction too early and was flagged for offside.
The second half started in the same open manner as the first but it was the Les Bleuetes who looked to dominate the early proceedings resulting in two very good goal scoring opportunities. Florient Thauvin first tested Ofori-Antwi with a fierce shot from a tight angle which the stopper was equal to before Sanogo’s effort which hit the post and looked to be sneaking in was cleared off the line by Richmond Nketiah. The French took control of the game but the Ghanaians were looking only dangerous on the counter attack.
The French finally took the lead in the 66th minute through Kondogbia who headed home from Lucas Digne’s long throw. The French gave themselves a cushion just a couple of minutes later as Sanogo doubled their lead with a smart finish through the legs of Ofori-Antwi. The introduction of Boakye-Yiadom and Kennedy Ashia seemed to galvanise the Ghanaians but any hopes of a comeback were quashed in the 77th minute when Bahebeck finished off a counter attack with a neat finish that went in off the post.
Boakye-Yiadom pulled one back for Ghana in the 84th minute with a tap in after good work from Narh and Acheampong. Ghana almost made it two in as many minutes but the usually reliable Assifuah could not hit the target after being played through by Boakye-Yiadom.
The Ghanaians now face a tough test to qualify from the group with Uefa U-19 champions Spain their next opponents before they round off the group against USA.