Coulibaly stars in Ivorian win

Four goals ... Coulibaly celebrates his wonderful performance for Cote d'Ivoire U-17s (Getty)

Cote d'Ivoire came back twice to defeat Denmark 4-2 in their FIFA U-17 World Cup group fixture on Thursday (Friday AEST), while Ecuador defeated Panama 2-1.

Souleymane Coulibaly thrilled the Africans, scoring all four of his team's goal by following up his first-half hat-trick with another in the second 45 minutes.

Cote d'Ivoire, which lost 2-1 to Australia in its first fixture, moves to second in Group F, which is within the two qualifying places available in each group, while Denmark will struggle with a record of two losses from its first two games.

Coulibaly now has five goals in the FIFA U-17 World Cup as he also grabbed his team's only goal in the loss against the Joeys.

Kenneth Zohore and Viktor Fischer gave the Danes the lead twice, but Coulibaly and his Ivorian teammates ran rings around their defence for the rest of the match on their way to victory.

Elsewhere, Ecuador did well to defeat 10-man Panama 2-1 after losing its first match of the tournament against Germany.

The South American side came back from conceding a Jorman Aguilar goal in the first-half with second-half strikes from Jordan Jaime and Jose Cevallos securing the victory that keeps alive its chances of qualifying from Group E.

Source SBS