Mukarama Abdulai hat-trick leads Ghana past hosts Uruguay

Mukarama Abdulai hat-trick leads Ghana past hosts Uruguay

The Black Princess of Ghana proved too strong for hosts Uruguay on the opening day at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018.

Ghana scored two goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 victory over Uruguay with captain Mukarama Abdulai claiming a hat-trick in the Group A contest.

Despite a partisan Uruguay crowd spurring on the hosts at the Estadio Charrua, it was the impressive Ghanaians that controlled the early stages of the contest, with Animah Grace given a clear sight of goal but striking wide of the target just six minutes in.

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It was a sign of things to come, as the Black Maidens claimed a firm grip on proceedings with two goals in five first-half minutes. They opened the scoring when an unmarked Fuseina Mumuni took a pass from Abdulai before converting with a simple turn and finish.

The West Africans quickly doubled their advantage, as Grace’s fine cross from the left found Abdulai to head home at the far post.

It was a challenging opening period for La Celeste, who needed to replace injured goalkeeper Jennifer Sosa with Agustina Caraballo in one of two substitutions that Uruguay made before half-time.

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Caraballo was called on to keep her side in the match early the second half, as she denied a breaking Abdulai at close range before team-mate Juliana Viera had to clear another Abdulai effort off the Uruguay goalline.

A third goal would arrive on 66 minutes, as Millot Pokuaa broke in and finished with aplomb before Abdulai completed her hat-trick with two late goals in a fine Ghanaian performance in Montevideo.

After the game, Mukarama Abdulai was voted as player of the match.

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