World Cup with a dominating 3-1 win over New Zealand in their final
Mali, the last edition’s runners-up, took the lead in the 18th minute through Salam Jiddou who struck a 25-yard stunner.
first goal supplier Djemoussa Traore then turned scorer in the 50th
minute as he curled in a right footer into the New Zealand net from the
edge of the box.
Lassana Ndiaye scored the third goal for
Mali in the 82nd minute while Charles Spragg scored the consolation
goal for New Zealand in the 72nd minute at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
winger Traore was a constant threat for the New Zealand defence
throughout the match with his speed, ball control and deft footwork. He
was supported well upfront by the likes of Jiddou, Mahamadou Samake and
Mali finished second in Group B with six
points from two wins and booked a round of 16 berth. They had lost to
Paraguay 2-3 in their campaign opener on October 6 in Mumbai before
beating Turkey 3-0 in their previous match.
Paraguay topped the group with an all-win record. They beat Turkey 3-1 in Mumbai in the other Group B match today.
New Zealand and Turkey ended their group engagements with one point each and failed to advance to the round of 16.
match, played in hot conditions, was dominated by Mali who had a ball
possession of 61%. They fired as many as 36 shots at the goal out of
which 10 were on target.
New Zealand, meanwhile, had just four shots out of which two were on target.
Zealand had a decent chance in the first half but the captain Max Mata
could not give proper direction to his shot in a one-on-one situation
with the Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita. Mata, who returned today after
sitting out the previous match due to suspension, shot straight to the
As the initial chance for New Zealand went
abegging, Mali gradually stamped their authority with Traore in the
thick of action on many occasions.
Traore got the better
of a defender and then sent a square pass to Jiddou, who struck a
powerful right footer from 25 yards into the New Zealand net.
after, Jiddou could have scored his second goal of the match but he
shot straight to the goalkeeper after being sent in the clear by Traore
inside the New Zealand box.
second half was also dominated by Mali and they just took five minutes
from the breather to double the lead. This time, Traore cut in from the
left and sent a curling right footer from the top of the box, beating a
Mali were denied by the goalpost in
the 65th minute as substitute Cheick Oumar Doucoure’s shot rebounded
after thudding the woodwork.
Against the run of play, New
Zealand pulled one back in the 72nd minute with second half substitute
Charles Spragg heading into an open goal after the Mali goalkeeper was
beaten by a high cross from the left by Elijah Just.
struck back and gave New Zealand no chance of a snatching a draw as the
African side made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute through Ndiaye.