In the first game of Group D at the 2022 FIFA under-20 Women’s World Cup, the United States of America dominated Ghana’s Black Princesses.
The United States of America defeated Ghana, who were playing with only 10 players, 3-0, at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto.
Michelle Cooper, the captain, set the tone early by scoring on a header from a cross.
After consulting VRA, the referee sent out Jacqueline Owusu for a questionably dirty tackle on Korbin Albert, cutting a struggling Black Princesses team down to 10 players.
It was already 2-0 in favor of the United States when, just before halftime, Alyssa tipped in a cross from Cooper over the goalie of Ghana.
Ally Sentnor, who had only been on the field for four minutes before scoring the game-winning goal, dashed Ghana’s chances of rescuing a point.
A further red card for the Princesses seemed certain after Cecilia Nyama was called for a foul on the ball due to a poor tackle, but the referee reversed her judgment after consulting with VAR.
On August 14 at 17:00 GMT in 2022, Ghana will play Japan.