News | Soccer
18 Oct 2017 4:16
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Soccer

    NZ U17s knocked out of World Cup

    The New Zealand under-17 football side has fallen out of the World Cup after a 3-1 loss to Mali.


    New Zealand has failed to survive the group stage of the Under-17 World Cup in India, bowing out with a 3-1 loss to Mali.

    The Kiwis needed a win to progress through the competition after drawing 1-1 with Turkey and losing 4-2 to Paraguay in their two other matches.

    Yet despite the return of captain Max Mata from suspension, the New Zealand side again found themselves behind early, with Mali's Salam Jiddou scoring a long-range stunner in the 18th minute.

    The African champions capitalised on their dominant possession - restricting New Zealand to threats from set pieces - before extending their lead early in the second half, thanks to another top-notch goal from Djemoussa Traore.

    Charles Spragg later gave the Kiwis a glimmer of hope, calmly heading in a well-placed cross from Elijah Just in the 72nd minute.

    But the comeback was not to be, with Mali's Lassana Ndiaye cementing his side's win with a late strike.

    The loss sent the Kiwis packing and Mali through the knockout stage, along with group winners Paraguay.

    New Zealand U-17 coach Danny Hay put a positive spin on the outcome.

    "We were in a very, very tough group and were more than aware of that," Hay said following the loss.

    "We played against three very good sides and our attitude, application and the quality of football was at times I think better than it ever has been from a New Zealand U-17 side."

    He was also full of praise for the Mali side.

    "You can see the quality there, and they're going to go a long way because they're a very good side," he said.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Soccer News
     17 Oct: Socceroos climb to 43rd in world rankings
     16 Oct: A-League's Sydney target defensive lift
     16 Oct: Phoenix coach detects Sydney FC weaknesses
     16 Oct: Sydney FC stave off Phoenix in A-League
     15 Oct: Late goal saves A-League point for Glory
     15 Oct: All Whites World Cup play-off dates set
     15 Oct: Wood header steals late draw for Burnley
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Barrett watchful of big brother More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Top tech firms reach $10b in sales: TIN More...



     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    Police car stolen in Bay of Plenty town 21:57

    Entertainment:
    Joe Jonas' friends and family are "thrilled" he's engaged to Sophie Turner 21:33

    Business:
    Top tech firms reach $10b in sales: TIN 21:17

    Entertainment:
    Gabrielle Union believes sexual harassment can happen to anyone - regardless of how they dress 21:03

    Entertainment:
    Harvey Weinstein is set to have a showdown with the Weinstein Company's Board of Directors on Tuesday (17.10.17) 20:33

    Politics:
    Peters meets secretly with PM and Ardern 20:17

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West thinks selfies are over 20:03

    Entertainment:
    Demi Lovato is "so happy" for her ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner following their engagement 19:33

    Entertainment:
    Kate Winslet deliberately snubbed Harvey Weinstein in her Oscars acceptance speech 19:03

    Rugby:
    Barrett watchful of big brother 18:57


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd