Posted: Saturday 31st May 2014 at 20:11 pm

LIVE UPDATES: Netherlands 1-0 Ghana


Welcome to the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam where the Netherlands are playing hosts to Ghana in an international friendly to prepare both sides ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

GHANAsoccernet.com brings to you live minute-by-minute text updates on the game between the Oranje and the Black Stars.

Remember both sides played each other in a warm up game before the last World Cup in South Africa.

Michael Essien is leading the Black Stars out from the tunnel as is Robin Van Persie to the packed crowd here in Rotterdam.

The team is being greeted by massive cheers as they enter the pitch to do action.

National anthems now being played, Ghana first followed by hosts Netherlands.

Anthems over, teams exchanging pleasantries.
1 ‘ Ghana in all-white kicks us off from left to write in commentary position.

2 ‘ The Black Stars controlling the game in their own half, yet to make an incursion upfront.

3 ‘ Ghana with an opening throw after sustained possession. The Netherlands however gain possession but Essien fouls De Jong.

5 ‘ The Netherlands score with their first real attack. Captain Van Persie with the finishing after a Wesley Sneijder cut-back.

6 ‘ Ghana regroup and with possession now but are not looking threatening.

7‘ Jordan Ayew comes deep to collect and releases quickly to Essien. Ghana still with possession but in their own half.

8‘ Ball back to Adam Kwarasey to start another attack but the Black Stars ose the ball in a dangerous position but they regain.

9‘ The Black Stars trying to develop a pattern of play but they remain predominantly in their own half.

10‘ Ghana with a free kick about 35 yards from goal.

11‘ Ball floated in but Jerry Akaminko’s header is way off target.

12‘ Another fluid attack from the Dutch but Arjen Robben misses from four yards. A shocking miss!

13‘ Kwadkwo Asamoah trying to engineer something on the far side but Ghana lose possession. Throw-in quickly effected to the Netherlands but Rashid Sumaila emerges with the ball from defence.

14‘ The Netherlands now beginning to get their short-passing game going. Black Stars coil into their own half to defend.

15‘ The Dutch in full control of the game now. Rashid Sumaila rushes in with a tackle on Arjen Robben. He is least pleased as he doesn’t want to sustain an injury before the World Cup. Tempers cool down for the game to resume.

18‘ Ghana trying to tease out the Dutch. Albert Adomah with a delightful cross bit Kwadwo Asamoah is unable to reach it.

19‘ Corner kick to Holland as Rashid Sumaila cuts off a cross. Adam Kwarasey comes out to coolly grab and quickly launches an attack but Vlaar fouls Jordan Ayew.

20‘ Ghana back with the ball but Asamoah is dispossessed. He feeld he should have been given a foul but referee is having none of it.

21‘ The Black Stars trying to build from the back. Coach Kwesi Appiah is out to issue instructions.

23‘ Arjen Robben is played into an unguarded space but Kwarasey comes out quickly to salvage the situation. The Black Stars defence must surely improve.

24‘ Rabiu Mohammed was slow on that occasion and loses the ball.

25‘ The Dutch in cruise control as they string the passes together with ease.

26‘ Rashid Sumaila clears on the second attempt with Robben breathing down his neck.

27‘ Ghana has barely threatened the goal area of the Dutch. Yet to record a shot on goal.

28‘ Good pressure from the Dutch to regain possession but the Black Stars take back, Play is called back as Adomah is flagged offside.

29‘ Nice chest control by Rashid Sumaila but Adomah couldn’t bring the ling pass down. Throw-in to the Netherlands.

31‘ Play halted with Martins Idi needing medical attention.

32‘ Free kick to the Netherlands as Atsu was adjudged to be backing into his opponent for an aerial ball.

33‘ Martins Idi returns to the pitch amidst a huge round of applause.

34‘ The Dutch forced all the way back deep into their half, good pressing by the Black Stars.

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