wpid-BLACKS-STARS1-300x158.jpgAn optimistic Comoros side, looking to stun the Stars came into the match with a well-rehearsed strategy to tighten the midfield and defence, which worked to perfection in the initial stages as they kept at bay the Ghanaian attack centered on skipper Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Ayew.

The Stars concentrated the game in their own half until the 18th minute when midfield dynamo, Wakaso Mubarak, drew first blood for the homers, scoring from a free-kick to demoralize a determined Comoros team.

Earlier, the visitors gave the Ghanaians some scary moments, coming close to scoring in the ninth minute, but Mogni Ahmed’s thunderbolt was parried to safety by goalie, Razak Ibrahim.

The stars gingered by the advantage taken tried on many occasions to break the Comoros’ resistance and increased the goal tally, but the visitors remained resolute to end the first half.

Ghana effected two substitutions in this session, bringing on Dan Amartey for injured Jonathan Mensah, whilst Jeffrey Schlupp came on for Solomon Asante, another injured player in the 25th and 39th minutes, respectively.

On resumption from recess, the homers initiated most of their attacks from the left flank, as substitute Schlupp on many occasions outpaced his marker, Rachai Ibrahim, but his many crosses to his target, Gyan, were cleared to safety by the Comoros’ defencemen.

In the 64th and 68 minutes, Schlupp unleashed some decent crosses to Gyan, but the timely intervention of Abdallah Kassim denied the Ghanaian from scoring on both occasions.

The Comoros’ Omar Kassim was shown the red card for a second bookable offence in the 73rd minute, a development that gave the home team a numerical advantage to attack their opponents from all angles.

Jordan Ayew scored the Stars’ second goal in the 85th minute as he finished off a near miss by Gyan in a counter-attack.


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