MATCH CENTRE

TUE 05 SEPTEMBER 2017, 16:30,

1
VS
5

Black Stars bounce back in Brazzaville

by Bertin Basson

Tue September 05, 18:58

Ghana reignited their hopes of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following a 5-1 thumping of Congo in a Group E clash at the Stade Municipal de Kintélé on Tuesday.

Thomas Partey (3) and Richmond Boakye (2) sharing all Ghana's goals between themselves as the Black Stars bounced back from their disappointing showing in Kumasi last Friday.

Defeat brings an end to the Red Devils dreams of reaching next year's world showpiece, as focus now turns to Egypt and Uganda's clash in Alexandria later this evening.

Congo made their intentions clear from the onset with Thievy Bifouma and Césaire Gandzé forcing Ricard Ofori into a succession of saves in the 10th minute.

Ghana, though, would hit the front in the 23rd minute as Boakye guided the ball into the back of the net from close range after the hosts failed to clear their lines.

Partey doubled the visitors lead three minutes later in similar circumstances. The midfielder firing home after Boakye's deflected shot fell into his path.

Poor defending opened the door for Congo in the 43rd minute as Vladis-Emmerson Illoy-Ayyet towered home an unstoppable header from a corner-kick, but their joy would be short-lived.

Partey restoring the Black Stars lead in the second minute of added time. In similar fashion to the goal he scored at the Baba Yara Stadium, Christian Atsu teed up his teammate who hammered home from an acute angle.

Despite the Red Devils efforts to get back into the clash following the interval, it would be Ghana to add to their tally as Partey completed his hat-trick.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder unstoppable as he brushed aside a pair of Congolese admirers before finding the roof of the net.

Boakye duly completed his brace in the 85th minute following good work down the touchline by Harrison Afful as Ghana recorded an emphatic win.

Congo (1) 1 (Illoy-Ayyet 43')

Ghana (3) 5 (Boakye 23' 85' Partey 26' 45+2' 69')

Congo: Mouko; Dikamona (Kifoueti 34'), Mayembo,Illoy-Ayyet (Oniangue 46') , Badila; Gandzé, Avounou, Bahamboula - Nguessi (Tchibota 59'), Bifouma, Doré

Ghana: : R. Ofori; Afful, Agbenyenu (Schlupp 68'), Amartey, Mensah - Acquah, Partey (Gyasi 78'), E. Ofori (Duncan 56') - Atsu, Boakye, Agyepo

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
CONGO GHANA
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
23
Goalkeeper
16
5
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
17
Defender
18
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
3
Defender
23
Defender
18
Defender
21
Midfielder
14
Defender
19
Midfielder
17
Defender
5
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
7
Forward/Striker
19
8
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
22
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
13
Forward/Striker
12
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
3
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
2
Forward/Striker
15
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