Ghana and New Zealand advance to quarterfinals of U17 Women's World Cup


Montevideo, Nov 16 (efe-epa) Ghana and New Zealand imposed their authority on Friday by defeating Finland and Uruguay, respectively, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay.

The offensive by the African women, who won 1-3, was led by players Millot Pokuaa, Mukarama Abdulai and Grace Animah, who scored in the 6th, 13th and 86th minutes, while Jenni Kantanen scored in the 75th minute for the Finns.

Meanwhile, the New Zealanders sealed their victory by beating the local team with a final score of 1-2.

With goals from Grace Wisnewsky and Kelly Brown in the 26th and 36th minutes, the New Zealanders came from behind after Uruguay's Belen Aquino opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the match.

Already qualified, Group A leaders Ghana and New Zealand will meet in their third match with a battle for first place.

In other matches, Japan crushed South Africa 6-0 with goals from Haruka Osawa (a brace in minutes 4 and 23), Tomoko Tanaka (37), Sara Ito (also with a brace in minutes 41 and 55) and Yuzuki Yamamoto in the 91st.

This result allows the Japanese to add 4 points and share the first position in Group B with Mexico, who won against Brazil with one goal by Vanessa Buso.

On Saturday, groups C and D will play, the United States will face North Korea, South Korea vs Canada, Germany vs Cameroon and Colombia vs Spain.

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