India finished their first ever FIFA World Cup experience with a lot of promise as two times champions Ghana registered a commanding 4-0 victory to go through to the knock-outs as group champions. It needed 43 minutes for the African powerhouse to break the deadlock. Eric Ayiah was the goal scorer and it was only a solitary goal which separated the two sides in the first half.
India resumed the second half with an even more defensive mindset as The Ghanaians took full toll of that. It needed just seven minutes in the second half for the two times’ champions to double their lead. It was the same man, Eric Ayiah, who scored his second with a precision finish to make it 2-0 for the African superpower. India coach Luis Norton de Matos brought on young Rahim Ali later in the second half to strengthen his attacking force. But again, the lack of creativity made the work tougher for the home team. Ghana made it 3-0 in their favour in the 86th minute on the counter attack as Mohammed Kudus gave the Indian goalkeeper no chance to save it.
This win confirms the berth of the African nation in the knock-outs as the group champions from Group A and Colombia finishes above The USA as the group runners. But India to leave the stage of their first ever FIFA World Cup experience with their heads held high and with a proper exposure to international football for the first time ever.