The France U-17 national team managed to make a comeback against Mali U-17 with a score of 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 U-17 World Cup. / Photo: Instagram @fff
SOLO – The French U-17 national team managed to make a comeback against Mali U-17 with a score of 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 U-17 World Cup. The match took place at the Manahan Stadium, Solo, Tuesday (28/11/2023).
This victory brought France U-17 to the final match of the 2023 U-17 World Cup. In the final match, they were waiting for Germany U-17, who had already advanced after eliminating Argentina U-17 via penalty shootout.
The Course of the First Half Game
The Mali U-17 national team immediately got a golden opportunity in the 5th minute through Sekou Kone’s kick which was created from a corner kick. Unfortunately, Kone’s kick was blocked by Paul Argney. Meanwhile, France U-17 is also not without threats.
Both teams played at a fast tempo. The young team of Les Bleus – France’s nickname – got their best chance in the 18th minute through Mathis Lambourde’s kick which Bourama Kone was able to parry. Both teams are still buying and selling attacks.
Despite buying and selling each other’s attacks, the scoreline still adorned the course of the match until the 30th minute. The young squad of Les Aigles – nicknamed the Mali National Team – had another golden opportunity in the 35th minute through Ibrahim Kanate’s flick which Paul Argney was able to secure again.
Entering the final five minutes of normal time for the first half, both teams often had opportunities which unfortunately did not result in goals. Until finally, Mali U-17 managed to take the lead through Ibrahim Diarra’s goal (45+4′). As a result, young Les Aigles took a 1-0 lead over France U-17 in the first half.
The Course of the Second Half Game
Mali U-17 almost doubled their lead in the 50th minute through Ibrahim Diarra’s shot which went wide to the right side of the France U-17 goal. Five minutes later, young Les Aigles were forced to play with 10 players after Souleymane Sanogo was given a red card for a hard foul on Aymen Sadi.