Ghana exited the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup after a 4-3 penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in the last-eight of the tournament on Thursday night.
The Maidens forced the game into the lottery when Ernestina Abambila scored in the 90th-minute to level the score at 2-2 after a long Italian lead.
Ghana began the brightest scoring in the 4th minute; winger Niber-Lawrence’ cross found Jane Ayieyam whose perfectly placed header beat Francesca Durante in goal for the Italians.
Italy responded minutes later through Gloria Marinelli, the striker’s powerful header beat goalkeeper Azume Adams at her far post. The Europeans soon doubled their lead when Manuela Giugliano scored from the spot in the 17th minute.
Ghana pressed forward in pursuit of the equaliser; the Maidens created numerous goal scoring opportunities but the attack led by Jane Ayieyam fluffed them in the final third.
Ernestina Abambilla in injury saved the game for the Maidens with well struck free-kick.
Then came penalties and Marta Vergani scored the winning kick for the Italians after Vinoria Kuzagbe and Ernestina Abambila missed their respective kicks.
Italy thus qualifies and have set a semi-final tie with either Spain or Nigeria.