FULL TIME. The misery comes to an end for the India under 17 football team in this match. The journey in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 also comes to an end for the hosts.
FINAL SCORE: INDIA 0-4 GHANA
87' AND AGAIN!!! A complete lack of focus from the hosts enables Toku to score the fourth of the match.
Score: India 0-4 Ghana
86' GOAL!!! The demolition job has been completed by Ghana. Danso makes it 3-0 for the away side.
Score: India 0-3 Ghana
83' Yet another powerful shot from India. This time, Lalengmawia has a try. Ghana goalie Danlad however remains resolute.
80' Shot! After a long time, finally a shot on goal comes in from the hosts. Rahul hits it, but the opposition keeper makes an easy catch of the ball.
77' Aniket Jadhav comes off. Lalengmawia makes his debut in the FIFA World Cup.
67' India have absolutely lost the plot. They are not seeing the ball, the midfielders are unable to close in on the Ghana forwards. Nothing's working for the hosts now.
63' Skipper Amarjit Singh has been substituted. In comes Rahim Ali.
61' Dheeraj just about makes a save to stop Sulley. Ghana are piling the pressure forward.
58' Ninthoi comes on for Nongdamba.
52' Goal! Ayiah scores again...blasts the net! It's 2-0 for Ghana right now.
Game over for India?
9:05 pm IST: The second half is under way!
HALF TIME! As things stand, India are going out of the FIFA World Cup. The hosts have defended very deep and very brightly at times, so the goal from Ghana has come in really hard. Can the second half bring luck though.
Score: India 1-0 Ghana
43' GOAL! Ghana have scored the opener of the match. The captain Eric Ayiah slots it home.
Score: India 0-1 Ghana
40' The Ghana team are absolutely left frustrated by the resolute Indian defence. Meanwhile, a moment of worry as Dheeraj is down and receives treatment in the field.
The gifted custodian is back up though, but can he continue the full 90 minutes?
33' Boris Singh receives a yellow card for a high boot. Ghana receive a free kick right at the edge of the box. And Ayiah has skied it. What an embarrassing shot!
30' Half an hour of the match comes to an end. It is goalless so far, but the match has not been boring at all.
Score: India 0-0 Ghana
27' WHAT A SHOT! Gyamfi stuns the crowd with his long-ranger. Misses the goal by a whisker. In the meantime, the likes of Anwar Ali and Boris Singh are turning attention with their defensive display and clean tackles.
23' Shot! Alhasan with a powerful shot on goal. Goes high of the post.
20' Boris has a shot on goal, but a comfortable save for the Ghana keeper. On the other end, Dheeraj denies Ibrahim a chance to get the lead for the away team.
15' India's Boris Singh, meanwhile, is terrorising the left flank. Blistering pace from the youngster!
Sanjeev Stalin comes close to scoring from a free-kick. So close.
10' It's been a high velocity start to the match at the JLN Stadium Delhi. Leveh of Ghana sprints down the left flank and produces a marvelous show.
8' Dheeraj makes the first save of the day. Denies Sulley a goal.
4' The build-up play early on from the hosts is really praiseworthy, but the final ball needs to be lot better.
Goal....NO! Eric Ayiah is clean through and scores. But he is OFFSIDE!
2' India get an early corner, but nothing comes off it. Ghana, meanwhile, are showing tremendous pace on the counter. This is set to be a high velocity battle.
8 pm IST: We are under way from New Delhi !! Abdelkader Zitouni from Tahiti is the referee for this match.
7:55 pm IST: Aaaaand....The players are out and the cheers get louder and louder. It's now or never, boys!
Is it the last time we are hearing the national anthem Jana Gana Mana in a FIFA World Cup?
7:30 pm IST: 30 odd minutes to go for the BIG kick-off from the JLN Stadium in Delhi. Can India win at least one match in the tournament?
7:25 pm IST: Reminder, India have a herculean task to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
- Firstly, they have to win against Ghana by at least three goals.
- Secondly, USA need to beat Colombia by at least two goals for India to progress further.
The hosts have conceded five goals in the tournament and that has come really hard.
7:05 pm IST: We have received the lineups for the match. Komal Thatal misses out on a starting berth again!
INDIA: Dheeraj; Jeetendra, Anwar, Stalin, Boris; Amarjit, Jeakson; Suresh, Nongdomba, Rahul; Aniket.
GHANA: Danlad; Mensah, Yakubu, Ayiah; Sulley, Leveh, Owusu, Mensah; Al Hassan, Ibrahim, Gyamfi.
7 pm IST: Welcome to the International Business Times' coverage of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup. Thursday's match holds a major importance for the India U-17 football team. High chances that Luis Norton de Matos' side could be playing for the final time in the World Cup this year.
The hosts need nothing but a win, that too an emphatic one, to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the tournament. Needless to say, Ghana poses a very difficult challenge.
Nevertheless, HOPE is all we have...prayers are all we have. Join me Sayantan for the full 90 minutes of the football match. The kick-off is set for 8 pm IST.