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First-half goals by Desmond Baker and Damien Duff carried the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 victory over Ghana and third place in the World Youth Championship at Shah Alam, Malaysia. It is the highest finish by any Irish team in an international tournament. Ireland began as they meant to continue, opening the score in the first minute when Baker headed home Duff's cross from the left. Ghana equalised four minutes later through Baba Sule, but Duff claimed the winner in the 32nd minute when he took a long pass from his captain, Thomas Morgan, and advanced to the edge of the area before scoring. Torrential forced the postponement until today of Australia's Oceania group World Cup play-off second leg against New Zealand.