United States pip Ghana in Group A clash

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The United States youth national team moved closer to advancing from the first round of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup after its 1-0 victory over Ghana on Monday in New Delhi, India.

The African flavour of football graced India on the opening day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after Ghana edged Colombia 1-0 in the first match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Host nation India will take on Columbia in Group A's second match later today.

The Ghanaians committed more men into attack but tried as they did, they could not equalize till the end of the game. But D.C. United defensive midfielder Chris Durkin and New York City FC's James Sands marshaled the Americans' defense, and U.S. and Atlanta United goalkeeper Justin Garces kept his second clean sheet of the tournament.

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In all, Ghana have reached four out of five World Cup finals and finished third in the 1999 edition. For us, all the teams in the World Cup are strong.

The Americans dominated the opening stages of the game and went close to taking the lead on a couple of occasions but were denied by Starlets goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad. "But we must do better in terms of finishing the chances we create", he pointed out.

They created some unsafe goal scoring opportunities in the Ghanaian area, Blaine Ferri, in particular, went closest to scoring for the Americans, but both his free-kick effort and a dangerous-looking strike from the edge of the Ghana box missed the target. Maybe the key will lie in the simplistic philosophy he put forward when asked about his first impressions of Delhi, one he would no doubt sell well to his young wards.

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