The substitutes Richard Danso (86) and Emmanuel Toku (87) completed the formalities with late strikes to demolish the hosts and emerge as the group champions with the best goal difference of 4-plus.
Ghana on Thursday crushed India's FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign on Thursday and trounced the cults by 4-0 in the final group match played at JLN Stadium, Delhi. The Indians played their hearts out in the final Group A game but could not match the energy that a formidable Ghana displayed throughout the game. Their crosses were inviting. The Los Cafeteros again went ahead of the Stars and Stripes in the 67th minute when Juan Penaloza, who scored twice against India three nights back, sent in a ferocious free kick from outside the penalty on the left into the roof of the net and into the right corner. Once again there was no one marking the Ghana captain, who came to the middle of the box and netted a left footer easily and completely surprised the opponent.
After the match, Indian coach Luis Norton de Matos stressed that Indians players have made good progress, but need more exposure to improve their game further.
Midfielder Abdul Razzak Yussif is out injured for Ghana while India might miss defender, Anwar Ali.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will forever go down in history as the year India finally made their debut in a FIFA tournament. India's coach, whose contract is set to end, though was delighted by his team's performance. We were not playing against Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan, or not against New Caledonia and Chile in this tournament. "It is possible", Matos said.
"African teams, in general, are strong at this level".
Indians were formidable in the first half and did not give their counterparts many chances to score who were desperate and continuously going for long shots.