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Ghana booted out of World Cup after Portugal loss
Asamoah Gyan’s 56th minute equaliser appeared only to be a consolation and didn’t help Ghana to progress from the group stages of the World Cup when the Black Stars lost 1-2 to Portugal on Thursday evening at the Estadio Nacional in Brasalia.
Ghanaian defender John Boye scored an own-goal on the 3oth minute when he tried to clear from a Miguel Veloso cross to open the scoring. Captain Asamoah Gyan put the Black Stars on level pegging on the 56th minute, but Cristiano Ronaldo scored his only goal in this year’s World Cup on the 80th minute to grab the win for the Europeans.
Kwesi Appiah’s men needed a convincing win and a defeat against the United States by Germany would see them qualify for the knock out stage. Displaying fantastically against the Germans ins their previous match, many expected the Black Stars to exhibit another fine football but that was not the case. A more relaxed and calmed Black Stars showed up in the first half. The Portuguese, who needed a massive win for a remote chance of qualifying, were the ones attacking from all angles.
Cristiano Ronaldo created the real chance in the first half, he freely headed straight to Fatau Dauda to pull a fine save denying the current World’s best player an opportunity to open the scoring. Moments later, Asamoah Gyan also came close to the opener but his final shot was cleared by Beto.
The Portuguese broke through in the 3oth minute. John Boye saw his deflected clearance from Miguel Veloso’s cross into his own net. Despite the Black Stars attempting for the equalizer, the Europeans managed to hold on to the break.
It was captain Asamoah Gyan who set the example for his peers to follow, leading by example. The Al Ain striker scored his second goal in this year’s tournament with a ‘killer’ header from a tight angle. Juventus star man Kwadwo Asamoah saw the Black Stars striker on the far right, the former sent in a delightful cross and Gyan headed home the equalizer on the 56th minute.
A time where the Germans were also a goal up against the United States, the Black Stars needed just a goal to make it through and nearly got it when Majeed Waris headed inches wide from a free header. Ghana looked promising and purposeful but it was Cristiano Ronaldo who smashed home to put Portugal ahead once gain. A defensive error coupled with Fatau Dauda’s poor clearance found a free and desperate Ronaldo who notched the winner in the 80th minute.
Ghana now packs out of the tournament, bottom in the group with just a point. This is first time Ghana have failed to qualify from the group stages in three World Cup appearances.