As Mali face Ghana in the U-17 World Cup quarter-finals, India can learn a lot from the progress of African football, writes Sharda Ugra.
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Despite a missed penalty in the second half, Ghana had too much firepower against a resolute Niger defence as they booked a place in the last eight.
With the group stages over, here's how the round of 16 matchups -- including France vs. Spain -- look like.
The 4-0 loss against Ghana in New Delhi on Thursday was a reminder of the gulf that remained between India and world-class competition.
Ghana beat India with goals from Eric Ayiah, Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku, as the hosts finished their World Cup campaign last in the group.
A profligate Ghana were made to rue an empty-net miss from Eric Ayiah, as USA pounced to steal a 1-0 win in Delhi.
Substitute Ayo Akinola's 75th minute strike helped USA beat Ghana 1-0 and become the first team to enter the round of 16.
Two-time champions Ghana made the perfect start to the Under-17 World Cup, as Sadiq Ibrahim's first-half strike gave them three vital points in Delhi
Ghana coach Samuel Kwasi says his team has already set its sights on the title, and that they feel right at home in India.
ESPN presents five USA and African players to keep an eye out for in the upcoming Under-17 World Cup in India
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|New Zealand U17||3||0||1||2||-4||1|
|Costa Rica U17||3||0||1||2||-4||1|
|North Korea U17||3||0||0||3||-5||0|
|New Caledonia U17||3||0||1||2||-11||1|