General News of Mon, 9 Jun 201486
Full Time: Ghana 4 - 0 South Korea
90+1' Referee ends it all. The Black Stars have prevailed 4-0 to get the needed morale booster as they now head to Brazil for the World Cup.
90’ First international hat trick for Jordan Ayew. He has undoubtedly been the star of the night.
89’ Nice build up by Ghana again with Harrison Afful playing in Albert Adomah on the line who sends in a first time cross for Jordan Ayew to connect. GOOOOAAALL!
87? Jordan Ayew chips the ball nicely to the far post but the final connection delayed in comeing.
86’ Jordan Ayew tried a nice flick on but intercepted, Ghana still with possession though.
85’ South Korea trying very hard to get something out of this game. As Albert Adomah breaks free but his final shot went disappointingly wide.
83’ Joo-Ho comes on for Suk-Young.
80’ South Korea pinning Ghana in their own half as Afriyie Acquah gies in strongly to give away a foul. He gets a yellow card for that challenge.
79’ Albert Adomah wins a foul off a dangerous double challenge in his own half.
78’ A nasty lunge into Christian Atsu but thankfully he is fine.
77’ The game going through a stale phase with most of the key players being taken off by either sides.
76’ Foul on John Boye as Keun-Ho pushes him off the ball.
75’ Adomah’s first contribution is to foul his marker and give away a free kick.
74? Substitution for Ghana- Albert Adomah replaces Andre Ayew.
70? Korea have been attacking in their numbers but the Black Stars defenders have been sturdy and solid.
68? Ghana lose the ball at the back with Atsu being disposed but good defending from Mensah and Boye. Korea shoot wide
62’ Ghana forces South Korea back into their own half. As Mubarak Wakaso comes on for Asamoah Gyan.
60’ Ghana building from the back once more. Andre Ayew draw a foul.
59’ South Korea now being forced into unnecessary errors.
58’ Sulley Muntari comes off for Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu while Afriyie Acquah also comes on for Rabiu Mohammed.
57’ Park Chu-Young hits one on a turn but was always flying.
55’ Ghana substitution, Kevin-Prince Boateng comes off for Christian Atsu.
54’ Ghana now happy to sit back and soak the pressure waiting for a chance to hit on the counter.
53’ Jordan strikes one from outside the box to beat goalkeeper Sung-Ryong Jung. Ghana take a commanding 3-0 lead.
51’ Nice turn by Kevin-Prince Boateng but Young-Gwon stops him in his tracks.
50’ Harrison Afful sends the ball back to goalkeeper Fatau Dauda to start an attack.
49’ Another substitution for South Korea – Lee Yong comes on for Chang-Soo.
48’ Ball over the top from the Koreans but Jonathan Mensah raises to head clear quite impressively.
47’ Confirmation of the South Korea substitution – Tae-Hwi was replaced by Jeong-Ho.
46’ Ghana concede an early free kick on the halfway line.
45? Ghana resumes play but not after a substitution from South Korea.
45+1? Referee ends the first half. Ghana up 2-0.
45’ He took the ball off his opponent and raced straight at goal with a controlled finish. The Al Ain man has now scored 40 goals for the Black Stars.
44’ Asamoah Gyan punishes with a neat finish.
43’ Harrison Afful on the overlap send in a cross but it is too deep for Gyan to reach.
41’ Fatau Dauda comes out but misses. The ball is in the net but the referee waves off over a handball situation.
39’ A strike from distance but it is blocked by the Ghana defence and Fatau Dauda punches off another for a corner.
38’ Free kick to South Korea, ball curled in and connected by Tae-Hwi but he had too much on the header.
37’ Kevin-Prince Boateng with the ball on a counter, he shoots but the ball is deflected in the path of Andre Ayew but he scuffs his acrobatic volley. That was a good chance sourned.
36’ South Korea prowling the Ghana area but are not making any serious incursions.
35’ Ghana beginning to pick their passes but Ayew;s pass was too heavy for Boateng to take.
34’ Ghana pick up a loose ball in midfield to launch an attack.
33’ Ghana have enough men back to deal with any threat of the Koreans.
32’ Jordan Ayew goes for goal but it was always rising.
31’ Andre Ayew fouled and he also stays down. Freekick to Ghana.
30’ Gyan dropping more deeper to get involved. Ghana beginning to sustain pressure but can’t find enough room to operate in.
29’ Clever ball played in behind the Ghana defence but Fatau Dauda rushes out to smoother.
28’ Lovely inter-play between Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng which almost produced a goal but goalkeeper Sung-Ruong was alert to grab.
27’ Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled inside the centre circle and referee warns that will be the last before bringing out his book again.
25’ Free kick to South Korea just inside the Ghana half but kicked repelled by the Ghana defence.
24’ Ball comfortably sent back to Fatau Dauda.
23’ Free kick to Ghana taken by Kwadwo Asamoah whuch is turned behind for a corner kick. Sulley Muntari goes over to effect.
22’ The Koreans doing all the pressing, not allowing the Black Stars breathing space.
20’ Ghana again building from the back, has been a regular feature of their play in recent games.
19’ Asamoah Gyan holds up play very well and gives a stylish back heel much to the delight of the fans here.
17’ Sulley Muntari plays a decent ball out of defence to start a Ghana attack but the Black Stars have been forced to go back.
16’ The Koreans shading it in terms of possession but have barely created anything.
15’ Kevin-Prince Boateng wins a free kick for Ghana just inside the half of the Koreans.
14’ Nice build up from the Koreans as Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot from the edge of the box, but ball was always going wide.
13’ South Korea look to hit back and wins a corner for their efforts.
12’ This is the first goal Ghana has managed in open play in over 630 minutes of football.
11? Andre Ayew has been fed through by Asamoah Gyan, he cuts the ball back for Jordan Ayew who scores off a wicked defection. Ghana up after 11 minutes.
10’ Welcome goal kick to South Korea. But have been forced back by the Ghana midfield.
9’ The Koreans are clearly the most physical side this early on in the game.
8’ Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah out of the dugout already to issue out instructions.
7’ Ghana struggling to get going as the Koreans take charge.
6’ Majeed Waris has been replaced by Jordan Ayew. Not a good sight for many Ghanaian soccer fans. Meanwhile Ghana defended a dangerous corner.
5' Play resumes with Korea breaking through on the far wing. Ball cut back but Kwadwo Asamoah was on hand to charge done the shot.
4' Sung-Yong was booked in that challenge that have seen Waris limp off clutching his right thigh.
3' Ghana concede the early foul with Kevin-Prince Boateng impeding his marker. Majeed Waris has gone down under the challenge of Ki Sung-Yong.
2' Ghana with possession and trying to build from the back. Ball all the way back to goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.
1' South Korea gets us underway in their red over blue shorts strips and playing from left to right from commentary position.
Pleasantries being exchanged. Not such an impressive crowd here but mind you, this is just a friendly – a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
National anthems being observed, Ghana first.
Ghana will be doing battle in Group G at the 2014 World Cup where they will be facing USA, Germany and Portugal while Korea Republic will facing Russia, Algeria and Belgium from Group H.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams with Korea Republic edging the statistics in previous meetings – winning four and losing three in the previous three encounters.
Black Stars starting XI
Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Majeed Waris, Andre Ayew.