Monday, October 19, 2015 7:43 am
Mali, one of Africa’s representatives in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile had to settle for a draw in their opening game against Belgium on Sunday.
It was a result that did not really show the efforts of the Malians as they dominated the game, but they were undone by their failure to take advantage of countless opportunities they created for themselves. Commentators called them profligate Mali.
(watch clips of the match here)
Germany, Mexico and Ecuador however got their FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 campaigns off to a fine start on Sunday.
Germany, one of the favourites for the title, started off in rip-roaring fashion, seeing off Group C opponents Australia 4-1. Having swiftly built up a 3-0 lead, the Europeans practically had the match sewn up by half-time, after which they managed the second period with maturity and confidence.
It was a slightly different story for Mexico, who overcame the not insignificant challenge of Argentina with an early strike and a late penalty, picking up three important points from opponents who were unable to make the most of their chances and now have very little margin for error.
Ecuador, however, were much more clinical in the final third of the pitch and consequently recorded a deserved 3-1 victory over Honduras. That result enables the South Americans to set the early pace at the top of Group D, ahead of Mali and Belgium.
Belgium 0-0 Mali
Australia 1-4 Germany
Honduras 1-3 Ecuador
Mexico 2-0 Argentina