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MATCH REPORT: Ghana bows out of U-20 World Cup after Netherlands defeat

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By Dom Agbakpe,

Ghana’s FIFA U-20 Women World Cup journey came to a sorrowful end as they lost 4-0 to Netherlands in their second Group A match at the Stade de Rabine on Wednesday evening

The Princesses began the tie on an impressive note, had a lot of the ball, looked threatening going forward but their final ball were good enough.

Debutant Netherlands crept slowly in the game – and had their first real opportunity to go ahead but forward Asheigh Weerden’s attempt went wide and over the bar after goalkeeper Martha Annan pushed away her initial effort.

Helena Obeng had a chance from close range on 13 minute but her shot wide and over the crossbar.

Defender Aniek Nouwen puts the Netherlands in front when she nod home a corner kick on 22 minute. Four minute later, Fenna Kalma calmly made it two after a lovely build-up.

Fenna Kalma added her second from close range and the Dutch’s third after she was left unmarked in the box on 32 minute.

The Princesses, again, started the second half brightly, and tried their luck through diminutive midfielder Ernestina Abambilla on the half-hour mark but her long range effort went wide and high.

The Orange kept pushing forward in search of another goal but it did came late on in the game when Victoria Pelova side-footed home the fourth following a wonderful one-two with striker Fenna Kalma and sends them to the last eight of the championship.

Ghana languish bottom of the table with no point after two heavy defeats. They will meet up with New Zealand in the last Group A game on Sunday.

Host France will face New Zealand in the other Group A game later.

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