‘Gallant’ Mali bows out of Poland 2019

Mazino Dickson

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Mali have bowed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, losing 4-2 to Italy in the quarter-finals.

The West Africans went behind in bizarre circumstances when Ibrahima Kone scored an own goal from an Italian corner.

Mali seemed to be in deeper trouble after defender Ousmane was sent-off, but they fought  and pegged back the young Azzurini in the 38th minute through Koita.

In the second -half, the Italians seized the game by the scruff of the neck as captain Pinamotti scored a brace – including a penalty to ensure the Malians had no chance of coming back; which seemed on the cards when Mohammed Camara equalized on 79 minutes.

A looping header from Davide Fratessi in the 84th minute ended the contest.