Ghana missed out on playing in the final of the FIFA U20 World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to ten-man France in Bursa on Wednesday.

Florin Thauvin scored a brace as Les Bleuets completed a double over the Black Satellites after an opening day 3-1 win in Istanbul.

The Bastia forward opened the scoring on 43 minutes when he sliced through the Ghana defence and rounded up goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi before coolly slotting home into a yawning net.

Striker Ebenezer Assifuah scored his fifth goal of the tournament by levelling for the Africans three minutes after the break.

The Liberty Professionals player collected a pass from Clifford Aboagye at the edge of the box and slammed in a thunderbolt which rattled the upright before rolling into net.

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh was forced to make four changes to his starting line-up after missing trio Moses Odjer, Lawrence Lartey and Joseph Attamah due to suspension.

His changes did not work out as France took control of the midfield and piled pressure especially in the first half.

The 2009 champions began the second half without goalkeeper Antwi who picked up an injury before the interval.

Berekum Chelsea’s Michael Sai replaced him and the Satellites put up stirred up display.

Their pressing game yielded dividends as Assifuah popped up with the equalizer.

But France never gave up and Thauvin shot them into the lead again after cutting in from the right and firing past Sai at the near post for the winner in the 74th minute.

Six minutes later, they were reduced to ten men after defender Samuel Umtiti received a second yellow card and was marched off.

Ghana piled the pressure but could not rally back like in previous matches against Portugal and Chile.

The Black Satellites will now vie for bronze on Saturday in Istanbul.


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