It was the worst possible start for Ghana in their 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup campaign as they went down 3-1 to France at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul on Friday night.
The result sees France at the top of Group A for the time being while Ghana occupies bottom spot. United States and Spain will do battle later on tonight in the other Group A match.
Overall it was an impressive performance by the young French side as Ghana really struggled to find their footing in the match.
Still, despite their dominance France could not find a break-through in the first 45 and had to wait until the 65th minute before they opened the scoring.
Lucas Digne produced a long throw-in from the left and Geoffrey Kondogbia found himself completely unmarked to head home the simplest of efforts from eight yards out, 1-0.
France then doubled their lead three minutes later as Kondogbia went from scorer to creator, slipping through a clever pass for Yaya Sanogo who produced a clinical finish to make the score 2-0.
The result was put beyond doubt in the 79th minute as Jean Christophe Bahebeck raced clean through and directed a precise left-foot shot low into the far corner of the net, 3-0.
Ghana did manage to grab a consolation goal through Yiadom Boakye but it produced little joy for the Africans who lost 3-1.
The other opening match, played at the same time in Group B at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri saw the Korea Republic come from a goal behind to beat Cuba 2-1.
Maykel Reyes opened the scoring for Cuba in the seventh minute before second half goals from Kwon Changhoon (penalty) in the 51st minute and Ryu Seungwoo in the 83rd minute saw the Korea Republic run out winners.