By Own Correspondent– Yet another game with so much tension and surely the Ghanaians went into this game with intent and determination.
Ghana after having played well in the first half where a unfortunate to go 1-0 down just before the end of the first half from and Andy Carrol first international goal for England. Asamoah Gyan scored in similar fashion just before the end of the game after normal time, this was due to some sloppy and hesitant defending.
Although England fielded a second string team after Capello showed respect to players whose clubs are still competing in the Champions League there was still a lot of high in profile players in the England team.
Ghana gave England’s defence an early scare on seven minutes when Kwadwo Asamoah sent Dominic Adiyiah racing clear on goal but the Partizan Belgrade striker only managed to shoot low and England allowing goalkeeper Joe Hart spread himself and block with his legs.
At the other side of the field, England’s movement continued to cause problems for Ghana’s back four, and both Young and Downing having clear early chances and only a superb one-handed save from Kingson prevented Young from grabbing England’s opener on 15 minutes, the Ghana keeper diving at full stretch to turn the Villa playmaker’s curling shot behind for a corner.
Young squandered yet another golden chance on 24 minutes. Downing picked out James Milner down the right who squared across the six yard box only for Young to some how scoop his close-range shot onto the bar. That miss proved costly for England had it not been for another fine save from Hart.
Gyan’s goal was well deserved by the Black Stars for their contribution to a passionate encounter played out before a crowd of 80,102 fans which included a large and raucous contingent of Ghanaian and African fans.
More to follow shortly.