Ghana lose Under-20 World Cup semi-final to France

Ghana's Abdul Rahman Baba with France's forward Florian Thauvin
Ghana's Abdul Rahman Baba with France's forward Florian Thauvin

Ghana missed out on the chance of winning the Under-20 World Cup for the second time in four years after losing their semi-final 2-1 to France.

The Black Satellites were denied a place in the final by French star Florian Thauvin who struck a goal in each half.

Ebenezer Assifuah gave Ghana some hope with an equaliser before Thauvin's winner.

France held on for the victory despite having a man sent off late in the game.

Thauvin, who plays his club football on loan with Bastia from Lille, played a pivotal part in the match. He opened the scoring late in the first half, dribbling past Ghana goalkeeper Eric Antwi and netting into the empty goal.

Ebenezer Assifuah gave Ghana some hope with his fifth goal of the tournament, hitting an equaliser two minutes after the break.

But Thauvin found the net again with what proved to be the winner. He came in from the right and beat Antwi with a low shot at the near post in the 74th minute.

France were reduced to ten men after defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off for receiving a second booking ten minutes from time. He will now miss the final.

Playing in their first final, France can become the first European winners of this competition since Spain in 1999.

Ghana won the Under-20 World Cup in 2009, beating Brazil in the final on penalties to become the first African nation to be crowned Under-20 champions.