Ghana left it late to defeat New Zealand 1-0 in their final Group A match at the FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup France 2018 in Concarneau on Sunday afternoon.
A goalless first half at the Stade Guy-Piriou saw the Black Princesses create chances through Sandra Owusu-Ansah and Ruth Anima, while Sam Tawharu forced an early save from Ghana goalkeeper Martha Annan. The best scoring opportunity before the break fell to New Zealandâ€™s Grace Jale, but her header from a corner flew over the crossbar.
Needing a victory to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals, the Junior Football Ferns looked the stronger side after half-time but were unable to convert that pressure into a goal.
Instead, it was the West Africans that claimed the winner with a quarter of an hour remaining. Grace Asantewaaâ€™s initial shot struck the crossbar, but Amina was on hand to head home on the rebound.
The result meant little to either teamâ€™s hopes of earning a place in the quarter-finals, with France and the Netherlands claiming the top two spots from Group A.