Ghana Qualifies To The World Cup: Beat Nigeria To Qualify

Ghana and Nigeria played a goalless game in Kumasi few days ago in the World Cup first leg playoff, with the two teams anticipating to qualify to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. The second leg was played in Nigeria on Tuesday March 29.

With a capacity of 60,000, the stadium was completely loaded up with greater part of the fans being the host team Nigeria. The West African derby between The Black Stars of Ghana and the Super Eagles of Nigeria was indeed expected to be an extremely tough match, considering the rivalry between the two sides.

The atmosphere was charged up with tension and anticipation in the air. Ghana started the match on a ‘wild’ note hunting the Super Eagles. The Black Stars looked forceful and within minutes, they got the first goal against the Nigerians in the 10th minute through a lovely Thomas Party long shot, quietening the home fans.

Ghana was all the while proceeding by baffling the defense of the Nigerians. The Super Eagles additionally turned the ‘heat’ on Ghana, dominating play and hunting the Stars to level. Nigeria, after a good play, got a penalty in the twentieth minute after Dennis Odoi brought down Ademola Lookman in the penalty box.

The captain of the Nigerian side William Ekong made it 1-1 for Nigeria after scoring from the spot in 21st minute. The fans returned to the yells. Nigeria then scored their second goal through their top marksman Victor Oshimen in the 36th minute but the Tunisian referee ruled out the goal for an offside. Toward the end of the first half, the Super Eagles dominated play with 64% possession as against Ghana’s 36%.

The second half was the decider, and Ghana made three halftime substitutions. Ghana got its first corner in the game in the 47th minute but was booted away by the Nigerian defenders after Jordan Ayew sent in a long cross. Amidst the game, Nigeria also made several changes with the expectation that they could make it two to progress to the World Cup.

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Ghana raised their play up in the defense and the midfield forestalling the Nigerians to score. Then again, the Nigerians gave their best to get the winner, yet the Black Stars were tactically solid all over the field, although the Nigerians squandered their thin opportunities in the game.

The time was ticking for the Super Eagles as the Nigerians required only a goal. The Black Stars also needed that same scoreline. The Stars were well composed and clutched the Nigerian’s ‘heat’ until the Tunisian referee blew the final whistle for the end of the game. Ghana are through to their fourth World Cup campaign in Qatar.

Some sports pundits have hailed the Ghanaian coach for his substitutions and strategies used against the Nigerians. Other than his outstanding instructions on the field, the Black stars played unquestionably well making by taking down the host team in Nigeria.

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