Ghana is through to the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa after defeating Comoros by 2 goals to nil in the second round second leg. The 17th minute saw Mubarak Wakaso score the opening goal in the match, after curving a free-kick into the left corner of the net. The following 15 minutes saw the Black Stars dominate possession and territory, but Les Coelecantes fought hard to keep their dream alive.
In the last 15 minutes of the first stanza, the visiting XI applied more pressure on the home side, attacking with more enthusiasm, and defending like a castle pillar. As the first 45 came to a close, Ghana was leading by 1-0. The second stanza was kicked off by Avram Grant’s men, but the visiting side made it clear that they would not relent, by immediately dominating possession.
In the 60th minute, with the home side still leading by a goal to nil, however, Amir Abdou’s men now posed a much bigger threat than beforehand. Adverse weather conditions had made the pitch slippery, therefore making ball possession tricky to maintain, but the hosts were still searching for their second goal. The home side was given a free-kick in the 73rd minute, after Omar Mdahoma received a red card, reducing the visitors to 10 men.
The 85th minute saw Jordan Ayew doubling the home side’s lead, when he booted the ball into the top right corner, bringing the score to 2-0. As the final minutes ticked past, four minutes of stoppage time were added and despite the final efforts of the islanders, Ghana secured its place in the next round of qualifiers, extinguishing the dreams of Comoros.
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