Ghana?beat?China 2-0 to recover from an opening?game?defeat and reach theAzerbaijan?2012 quarter-finals after a Jane Ayieyam double.

Coming into?the game?China?s technical style had looked the more accomplished, but buoyed by their 6-0 win over?Uruguay, Ghana took?the game?to the Asian side.

Playing a quicker?game?and pressing well, the Black Maidens took an early lead through Ayieyam. Taking down Fatima Alhassan?s deep cross superbly, Ayieyam?s resulting?effort?hit the bar, but she was on hand to tap in the rebound.

As China failed to implement their more intricate style of play in a packed midfield, Alhassan forced Lu Feifei into two superb full-length saves to keep her side in touch. In a late first half rally, China?s best chances of the half fell to Miao Siwen, first skewing a header wide, then wastefully firing over after showing quick feet in the box.

After the break?the game?deflated somewhat, with Ghana happy to set on a result that would take them through, with China struggling to break through a packed final third.

As?the game?ground into something of a stalemate Feifei had to be on her toes to prevent Sherifatu Sumaila?s cross dipping under the bar with 15?minutes togo. As?the game?went on Ayieyam was the only?player?brining any impetus to the Black Maidens.

Fittingly it was she who sealed?the game?for Ghana with her second goal, breaking free in a one-woman counter-attack before slotting calmly under Feifei.

Ghana will face Japan on Friday 5 October.

 

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