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FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2022: Ghana 1-0 Ethiopia

Match preview

After an impressive run of three consecutive World Cup appearances (2006-2014) – including a quarter-final appearance in 2010, Ghana failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia and will be keen to make a quick return.

The Black Stars have since endured a tough spell, failing to reach expected standards in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), as the team were knocked out in the round of 16 stage by Tunisia in a penalty shootout.

Ghana have since embarked on a redemption journey which has seen them book a qualification slot in the 2021 AFCON after topping Group C with 13 points from six games.

However, the most recent round of friendlies in June saw the Black Stars succumb to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco, before they played out a goalless draw with Ivory Coast.

In Ghana’s bid to avoid another four years without an appearance at the World Cup, the four-time AFCON champions will be hopeful of getting off to a winning start on Friday, as they take on an Ethiopia side who only scraped through the first round to reach this stage.

Since that triumph, they have won five of 14 games in all competitions, beginning with a shocking 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in an AFCON qualifier.

Wubetu Abate’s side qualified for next year’s AFCON tournament after finishing off 2020 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Niger, before returning to action in March with consecutive 4-0 victories, firstly defeating Malawi in a friendly before cruising past Mozambique in the qualifying group.

On the back of a 2-1 win over Uganda on Sunday, Ethiopia will hope to defy the odds and start with a victory in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Attendance

Only 2,250 fans were admitted to the Cape Coast Sports Stadium for the game due to COVID-19

Starting line ups.

 

Ethiopia starting XI

Shanks Teklemariyam

Yared Bayeh Belay

Asechalew Tamene

Remedan Yusuf

Yehun Endeshaw

Shimelis Bekele

Solomon Tafesse

Getameh Kebede

Amanuel Gebremichael

Abubakar Nassir

 

Game underway

3’ The Black Stars dominating possession at the moment

5’ The Ethiopians are warming themselves into the game with some possession

7’ Jordan Ayew has been fouled, free kick to the Black Stars but the resultant kick goes wide for a goal kick

12’ Andre Ayew with a chance but his header has been blocked

15’ Ghana 0-0 Ethiopia

22’ Nice turn by Andre Ayew into the opponents half but his strike has been blocked

25’ Jeffrey Schlupp injured, Daniel Kofi Kyereh will be replacing the Leicester City midfielder

30’ Ghana 0-0 Ethiopia

35’ Goal oooo Mubarak Wakaso breaks the deadlock

41’ Jordan Ayew has been fouled in the box but referee ignores calls for a penalty

We are doing one minute of additional time

45’ It’s Ghana 1-0 Ethiopia

Second half underway

46’ Jordan Ayew has been fouled and Ghana wins a free kick

Jordan Ayew’s kick has been saved by the goalkeeper

53’ A dangerous tackle on Daniel Kofi Kyereh and the Black Stars player rush on the referee to issue a red card

Mubarak Wakaso has been booked for decent

67’ CHANCE: Daniel Kofi Kyereh breaks on the counter and tries to find Dede Ayew for a tap in but the ball goes wide

72’ Yaw Yeboah with a long strike but the goalkeeper punches the ball for a rebound Andre Ayew strike blocked

75’ Dede Ayew injured

80’ It’ Ghana 1-0 Ethiopia

86’ Yaw Yeboah has been pushed in the box but referee whistles for play on ignore calls for a penalty

90’ We are doing three minute of additional time

It’s Ghana 1-0 Ethiopia

Referee whistles to end the game.

Source: ghanasoccernet

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