Sports News of Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Ghana continued their fine form with an emphatic 3-0 win over 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on Tuesday night in an international friendly.
The Black Stars, despite missing several key players, produced a commanding performance totally dominated their hosts.
Just before the half-time whistle, newboy Kassim Adams Nuhu- unmarked inside the Saudi Arabia box- connected home a corner kick from the right.
The Saudi defence were out of the equation as the Young Boys centre back capped an impressive outing with a cool finish.
Ghana headed into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead after bossing play in midfield
Just after the break, goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi made a timely save with his leg after the Arabian forward entered the box.
The Black Stars quickly responded through Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey who spun and shot from the edge of the box but it was collected.
In the 55th minute FC Astana forward Patrick Twumasi, who operated from the right wing, whipped in a cross but substitute John Antwi’s header bounced on the pitch and was picked up by the goalkeeper.
Ghana double the lead in the 69th minute courtesy an Osama Hawsawi own goal after Partey squared a pass across the face of goal having received a telegraphic pass from stand-in captain Daniel Amartey.
With a quarter-of-an-hour left, Twumasi made another incisive run from the right but his shot at the near post was finger-tipped for a corner kick.
Substitute Daniel Opare was put but the Augsburg who had replaced Twumasi lacked the offensive acumen to surge forward as he tripped over the ball.
Saudi Arabia were unlucky not to have pulled one back in the 86th minute when Amartey cleared a goal bound effort on the line.
Two minutes from time, Partey’s industry was rewarded with a beautiful goal after smashing in from the edge of the box after collecting a pass from Ebenezer Ofori.