The two nations, now familiar adversaries after myriad World Cup meetings at multiple age levels, duked it out over a balanced, end-to-end 90-plus minutes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
The Stars and Stripes have beaten the Black Starlets of Ghana by a goal to nil in the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup in India.
Ghana's next match is on Monday against US when Colombia will take on hosts India.
A brace from Juan Penaloza (49th, 83rd minute) helped the visitors seal their first victory and earn three points.
The "Black Starlets", who clinched the under-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995, won through a 39th-minute superb goal by midfielder Sadiq Ibrahim, though both teams looked nearly equal throughout the 90 minutes under the bright floodlights. In recognition of the increasing excitement about the lovely game in India, "Football Takes Over" was the first and most fitting choice as the official slogan for the tournament.
"I was very disappointed in our style of play because that is not how we play".
Colombia's best chances fell to Leandro Campaz and substitute Deiber Caicedo. The Black Starlets were the undoubted dominant force, reaching the final at four of the decade's five Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cups, including lifting the trophy in 1991 (Italy) and 1995 (Ecuador). "Facilities are fantastic, but we hope we get used to the food before the end of the competition", Kwasi said. "If I top the goal scoring charts, I will be happy, although I am a defender", he said, with his last five words evincing peals of laughter from the press. "So we are right at home".