Mali Destroy Iraq To Cruise Into Quarter Finals

Mali cruised to a 5-1 victory over Iraq at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa. With this win, the Chile 2015 runners-up will meet African opposition in the form of either Ghana or Niger in the quarter-finals in Guwahati on Saturday. Mali deservedly took the lead through Hadji Drame on 25 minutes. The Malians then doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark through Lassana N’Diaye. They scored an emphatic third goal through Fode Konate in the second half. Iraq would get a consolation through Ali Kareem before Mali added two more late goals through Seme Camara and a second strike from N’Diaye to seal a comfortable win.