Portugal and Ghana crash out

June 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Ghana, Ghana News, News, Portugal, Portugal News
BRAZIL, Brasilia - Portugal took on the Black Stars at the Estadio Nacionalwhere Portugal beat Ghana by two goals to one, ending both the teams 2014 World Cup campaigns.

Ghana's midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (L) and Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo vie during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
Ghana's midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (L) and Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo vie during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Coming in to the game both teams needed a win in to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Portugal piled on the pressure early in the game being awarded a free-kick in the 7th minute, Orlando Pirates goal keeper Fatau Dauda did well to make a save denying Portugal the lead.

Dauda again denied Roanldo a goal by making a reflex save for what was a sure scoring header from the Real Madrid forward.

A break for the Portuguese came in the 30th minute when defender John Boye’s attempted clearence deflected the ball and ended up in the Black Stars net putting the Portuguese a goal ahead.

Assamoah Gyan managed to bring the game back to equal terms in the 57th minute with a header that beat Portuguese goal minder Beto.

After brilliant heroics by Dauda in the 80th minute, Christiano Ronaldo who was without a goal in this year’s FIFA World Cup pounced on a rebound from a fisted corner and scored his first goal in this year’s World Cup making the score 2-1.

The game ended 2-1. Although a win for Portugal, it still ended both teams World Cup campaigns.

Ghana had to do without two influential players, Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Montari.

Sulley Montari, an influential midfielder has been suspended indefinitely from the Black Stars after he physically abused a Ghana Football Association (GFA) executive member.

Kevin Prince Boateng was also suspended from the Black Stars team after he verbally abused Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah said a GFA release.

From Group G, Germany and the USA progress to the last 16.

 

Lebogang Mokoena

 

 


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.