U17 Women's World Cup: Ghana 2-2 Mexico (Pen: 2-4): Black Maidens sent packing by resilient El Tri

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The West Africans could not make it into the last four of Uruguay 2018 after falling on penalties on Sunday

Ghana have been knocked out of the ongoing Fifa Under-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay following a 4-2 penalty defeat to Mexico in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

The Black Maidens turned up unlucky in the shootout, having settled for a 2-2 draw with El Tri at the end of 90 minutes at Estadio Charrua in Montevideo.

Interestingly, Evans Adotey's side will leave the tournament without having lost a game after beating Uruguay 5-0, Finland 3-1 and New Zealand 2-0 in the group stage.

Mexico, meanwhile, will face the winner of the fixture between Germany and Canada in the semi-finals.

It was Ghana who scored first in Sunday's game through captain Mukarama Abdulai, who rose high to head Mavis Owusu's inviting cross into the net just a minute into the second half.

The goal took the Northern Ladies' striker's tally to seven in the tournament and leaves her as the current highest scorer.

Mexico, however, drew parity 15 minutes later through captain Nicole Perez, who neatly converted a penalty after Elizabeth Oppong tripped Nayeli Diaz in the box.

In the 75th minute, Ghana went 2-1 up, this time through substitute Suzzy Dede Teye, who controlled Abdulai's cross-field pass with a lovely first touch before releasing a shot into the net.

But Mexico will not be held back. El Tri restored parity again in the 82nd minute through Perez, who riffled a long-range free-kick into the roof of the net. Ghana goalkeeper Grace Boadu could not stop the thunderbolt.

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Without any further goals, the game headed straight into penalties after regulation time.

Justice Tweneboah and Elizabeth Oppong could not convert their kicks as Mexico ran out 4-2 victors. 

The Black Maidens, by their elimination, have no chance of, at least, bettering their third-placed finish at Azerbaijan 2012.
 

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