France substitute Mateo breaks Ghana’s hearts

France substitute striker Clara Mateo broke the hearts of the Ghana Princess as she headed home the equaliser on the stroke of extra time to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Ghana coach Mas-Ud Dramani sumed up the final score as a defeat for his team after leading throughout the match.

The second match of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Group C matches sets the pace for three time champions, USA and group leaders, New Zealand who will start play at 7pm at the PNG Football Stadium. 

Meanwhile, France striker Delphine Cascarino hit a perfectly calculated ball into the goal mouth and Mateo did not made a mistake to place it into the side of the net with well timed precision for the draw.   

Cascarino was the standout for the France side, as all her touches turned into half chances. 

She was the first goal scorer, sinking the first goal of the match in the 30th minute. 

But the lead was short lived, as the Ghanaians equalised 15 minutes later to  Sandra Owusu- Ansah to level the scores at half time.

In the second half, Jane Ayieyam let her boot do the talking, as she surprised France Keeper, Mylene Chavas with a goal from 20 metres out. 

Ghana failed to score a penalty in the box to extend their lead.

In the 80th minute Princella Adubea was tackled illegally in the penalty box but Samira Abdul –Rahman threw the chance away.

Rahman shot to the right of the France Keeper Mylene Chavas who dived and pushed out the ball making an important save.    


Charles Yapumi