ULSAN - Ghana beat Colombia 2-1 yesterday to claim a berth in the second round of the Under-17 World Cup, with the United States and Tajikistan claiming the other two knockout stage berths on offer on the final day of group games.
Belgium missed out after losing 2-0 to the United States in Group E, while the hopes of hosts South Korea and Japan of squeezing in as one of the four best third-placed teams were snuffed out.
Ransford Osei put Ghana in front against Colombia in the 32nd minute. The South Americans would qualify for the second round regardless of the result, but wanted to finish as high up in Group F as possible, and equalised in the 60th minute through Cristian Nazarith.
But Ghana secured the three points and a place in the knockout round when Ishmael Yartey scored the winner in the 84th.
Both teams will have onerous tasks in the second round. Ghana will meet Brazil, while Colombia face two-time champions Nigeria who finished the group stage with the best record than any team.
In the other Group F game, Germany thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 5-0.
Germany will face the United States in the second round.
In the other Group E games, Tunisia edged Tajikistan 1-0 to finish top and join Nigeria as the only sides with perfect records. - Sapa-AP