The Black Princesses of Ghana bowed out of the 2022 FIFA U-20 World Cup taking place in Costa Rica after suffering a 4-1 to Netherlands.
Ghana came into the game needing a miracle to qualify after losing their first two games by 3-0 and 2-0 to the United States of America (USA) and Japan respectively.
The Black Princesses had a bright start to the game but found themselves a goal down in the 28th minute, Liz Rijsbergen capitalized on an error by goalkeeper Cynthia Konlan to give her side the lead.
At the start of the second half, Netherlands doubled their lead through Ziva Henry. The two-goal lead didn’t last long as Ghana instantly pulled one back through Doris Boaduwaa after she was set up by Mukarama Abdulai.
Netherlands regained their two-goal in the 65th minute, Liz Rijsbergen grabbed her 2nd of the day and her side’s 3rd.
Later in the game, Marit Auee rounded the victory for the Netherlands with a well taken spot-kick, 4-1.
In the other Group D game, Japan defeated USA 3-1 to finish the group with a 100% record. The results from the two games ensured that Japan and Netherlands advance to the semifinal, while USA and Ghana suffer early exits.
This is the 6th consecutive time that the Black Princesses have failed to go past the first round of the competition.