GOAL! Salisu Mohammed, Salis Abdul Samed celebrating one of the goals
The Black Stars yesterday shrugged off an early pressure from South Korea to post a 3-2 win in their second Group H World Cup game at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
The win was Ghana’s first, having lost controversially to Portugal in their opening game last Thursday.
The Asians pressured their African counterparts the first eleven minutes, resulting in as many as four corners.
The pressure lingered on for some time but the Black Stars failed to make use of an Inaki Williams and Jordan Ayew move.
Few minutes on, the Ghanaians profited from a Mohammed Kudus free kick which Salisu Mohammed connected home from a melee in the 27th minute.
Later, the Stars settled so well and resorted to inter passing, which resulted in the second goal courtesy Kudus with 14 minutes to the end of the first half.
The Koreans restarted the game strongly again, and one of their probes nearly resulted in halfing the deficit, but goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi intervention was timely.
The Ghanaians responded few minutes later from the flanks with smallish Tariq Lamptey doing some serious running.
The Asians pulled one back and later canceled the lead in a spate of six minutes through Guesung.
Ghana restored their lead through player of the match Kudus, who fired home a grounder from a close range after a Williams miss few minutes later.
Ati Zigi came to Ghana’s rescue with a save from a free kick.
Otto Addo reshuffled his cards by replacing Lamptey, Kudus, the Ayew brothers and Gideon Mensah with Denis Odoi, Alexander Djiku, Kamal Deen, and Baba Rahman.
The pressure resurfaced in the dying minutes but the Otto Addo men proved equal to the task.
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