The Black Stars of Ghana on the of Monday, June 9, beat South Korea 4-0 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida [USA] in their final warm up game ahead of the World Cup tournament, which commences on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah made ten changes in his starting lineup against the Netherlands in the first warm up game last Saturday with Kwadwo Asamoah being the only player to have earned a starting role in Monday’s game.
After a dawdling start from both sides in the early stages of the game, Ghana opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Jordan Ayew (who came on for the injured Abdul Majeed Waris in the 4th minute), after the striker lashed onto the ball which was deflected by Korean defender Kim Young-gwon into his own net, following a nice layoff pass from his brother André Ayew from the left hand side of attack.
André Dede Ayew attempts to score with a scissor kick against South Korea
The Koreans, who were more efficient in attack earlier in the game, failed to bury the few chances that came their way as they looked naïve in front of goal.
The Black Stars shot themselves into a two-goal lead just before the stroke of half time, as skipper Asamoah Gyan quickly charged towards the goal, following a mistake by an opposing defender to place the ball past Jung Sung-ryong in post for South Korea. His 40th goal for Ghana.
Captain Asamoah Gyan scores against South Korea
Jordan Ayew scored in the 53rd minute, which was his second of the day and his fourth in a Black Stars shirt, when he struck a powerful low shot from 20 yards out, right into the bottom left corner of the post to make it 3-0 after some excellent exchange of passes in front of the Korean defensive area.
There was a double substitution for the Black Stars in the 59th minute when Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu replaced Sulley Muntari and Rabiu Mohammed respectively. Mubarak Wakaso came on for captain Asamoah Gyan in the 64th minute. Albert Adomah took the place of André Dede Ayew in what was the last change effected by Ghana’s bench.
The 22-year-old striker grabbed his first hat trick for Ghana, when he put the icing on the cake in the 89th minute after he tapped in an Albert Adomah’s perfect cutting cross from the right hand side of attack, to end the game 4-0 in favor of the Black Stars, before the team flew to Brazil to fight for their place in the knockout phase after being pitted in the difficult Group G in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday June 12.
Ghana fans cheer the Black Stars at the Sun Life Stadium
Ghana Lineup and Substitutions:
Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed/Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah, Kevin-Prince Boateng/Christian Atsu, Sulley Muntari/Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan/Mubarak Wakaso, Abdul Majeed Waris/Jordan Ayew, André Ayew/Albert Adomah
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