U17 World Cup: Mighty Mali crush an unorganized Turkish side
Mali thrash helpless Turkey 3-0 at Navi Mumbai to register their first win in the competition....

Mali outclasses giants Turkey 3-0 in the second match of the Group in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Monday. Djemoussa Traore Lassan Ndiaye, Fode Konate were on target to guide their team to a comfortable win to register their first points in the tournament.

Mali had an action-packed start to the game as striker Lassana Ndiaye, in the fifth minute, tried to lob the ball over Turkey’s custodian Berke Ozer but his effort went off-target as it deflected off the goalkeeper’s body.

The 17-year-old was in action again in the 14th minute as he entered the 18-yard-box and got close to registering the opening goal for the African side. However, a not so well-timed left-footed shot from the Guidars FC striker saw the effort miss the target by a handful of inches.

Mali were in complete control of the game in the initial half and came close to scoring yet again around the 25th minute as captain Mohamed Camara’s flying effort, from outside the box, missed the target as it floated over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, Malik Karaahmet;s right-footed shot from the right side of the box was saved in the bottom right corner by Mali’s Youssouf Koita.

It was in the 38th minute that Mali eventually succeeded in bagging the opener as Djemoussa Traore targeted the bottom right corner of the goalpost, a well-delivered goal which was initially started by Hadji Drame’s clever through-ball.

The proceedings of the first-half came to an end with the mighty Mali enjoying a goal’s cushion at the half-time whistle.

In the hope of leveling the score, Turkey began the latter half on a positive note with striker Yunus Akgun coming close to the target. The Galatasaray forward’s left-footed shot flew high over the crossbar as the Turkish team’s efforts went in vain.

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Turkey’s misery was stretched further as opponents Mali struck another goal, around the one hour mark. As Jonas Komal’s side were gifted a corner-kick, the ball travelled to Fode Konate who flicked it to team-mate Abdoulaye Diaby. The latter took a shot at the goal but his effort hit the woodwork; however the ricocheted ball reached Lassana Ndiaye who did no mistake in sending it into the back of the net.

An unorganized Turkey side was totally dominated by the West Africans as the latter contingent was unluckily denied of the third goal. Mamadou Traore, who was left unmarked in the penalty box, released a ball towards the left side of the goalpost; however the ball rolled along the goal-line and missed the mark.

But, in the 86th minute, Mali’s full-back Fode Konate made up for the earlier missed effort as his shot from the centre of the box beat the Turkish defenders and also the goalkeeper, as he slotted the ball to the top right corner to seal the three points for his side in what was a commendable performance by The Eagles. 

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