Mali Beat Argentina by 3-0 in the third place game which was played on Saturday December 1 in Surakarta. The African side were just phenomenal on the day with Diarra, Doumbia and Makalou on target for the African side.
The goals came in the 9th, 45th and 48th minutes respectively with Mali’s Hamidou Makalou being named Player of the Match.
Hamidou Makalou scored an extraordinary individual goal as Mali cleared aside Argentina to secure the bronze award at the FIFA U-17 World Cup™.
The remarkable Diarra – irrefutably one of the stars of Indonesia 2023 – opened the scoring on nine minutes. The Mali skipper skillfully controlled a hurled pass from Sekou Kone then, at that point, set an accuracy strike into the base corner.
Mali kept on controlling the game and got the second goal on the stroke of half-time. Makalou was the one who created the goal, with his free-kick delivery headed home by Doumbia.
Mali increased their tally after the break with a very surprising goal. Makalou landed ready right inside the box, nutmegged Tobias Palacio and, with one quick body-turn, evaded Dylan Gorosito and goalkeeper Jeremias Florentin prior to taking advantage of an unfilled net.
Argentina’s Claudio Echeverri – who came on as a half-time substitute – thought he had decreased the shortage with a slick completion not long after the hour, yet he had wandered offside.
Makalou almost scored a staggering second goal when his thunderous free-kick smashed off the underside of the crossbar. There were to be no further goals, however, as Mali comfortably saw out a mightily impressive victory.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Diarra scored in every one of Mali’s last five matches at Indonesia 2023. This’ what he said after the game:
“We’re happy. We would have liked to take home the cup, but this bronze medal is very nice. During the match, we stuck together, and I dedicate this victory to the Malian people.”
The finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup™
between Germany and France will be played at the Manahan stadium on Sunday December 2.