Tuesday, October 3

Nigeria vs Ghana: Thomas Partey’s goal sends Ghana to the World Cup!


It’s Ghana who have advanced to the World Cup finals in Qatar in December with a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Nigeria, as they qualify through the away goal rule.

Ghana took the lead early on after Arsenal’s Thomas Partey fired in a strike from the edge of the box which went through Francis Uzoho in the Nigerian goal. A goalkeeper error giving the away side the lead early on.

Nigeria then took control of the game and equalized after Ademola Lookman was brought down in the box by Dennis Odoi. The decision went to VAR and William Troost-Ekong made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Nigeria thought they’d taken the lead in the 34th minute but were aggrieved when VAR ruled out Victor Osihmen’s strike for offside.

Nigeria dominated the second half with 60% possession and managed nine shots but only one managed to bring Joe Wollacott into action.

Ghana held on for five minutes of added time as they advanced to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2014.

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Nigeria vs. Ghana live score

1 HOUR 2H Final
Nigeria 1 0 1
Ghana 1 0 1

Aggregate Score: 1-1 (Ghana qualify through away goal rule)

Goals: Partey 10′, Troost-Ekong (P) 21′

(All times Eastern)

FULL-TIME – GHANA QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP FINALS!

95thMin: Nigeria launching long ball after long ball but Ghana defending brilliantly to clear the ball time after time.

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90th minute: IT’S 5 MINUTES ADDED TIME! 5 MINUTES FOR NIGERIA TO SAVE THEIR SKIN!

It’s a late change for Ghana as Kwasi Okyere Wriedt comes on for Felix Afena-Gyan.

84thMin: Chance for Nigeria! A long ball was challenged by Ighalo and the header fell to Osihem fires another acrobatic scissor kick just wide!

Nigeria running out of time here…

78th Min: Two substitutions for Nigeria here!

Odion Ighalo is on for Emmanuel Dennis

Ahmed Musa replaces Oghenekaro Etebo

73rdMin: A quiet period of the game but there’s another substitution from Ghana, this time it’s Osman Bukari on for Mohammed Kudus.

61stMin: Substitution for Nigeria! It’s Ademola Lookman making way for Nantes striker Moses Simon in a like-for-like switch.

59thMin: Osihem is involved in the action again but fires his acrobatic overhead kick attempt wide.

54thMin: Slow start after the break but Emmanuel Dennis goes close from a corner with the first bit of real action in the second half.

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY!

Changes for both sides at the break, with Ghana making three substitutions!

E. Owusu on for J. Ayew
D. Kyereh on for A. Fatawu
A. Yiadom on for I. Baba

Nigeria also make one change with Abdullahi Shehu on for Frank Onyeka.

HALF TIME – Even at the break with Troost-Ekong’s penalty canceling out Thomas Partey’s early goal. Nigeria are on top, but it’s Ghana who are on course to qualify on away goals as it stands.

45th minute: There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the first half!

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38thMin: Nigeria dominating the play now with 8 shots and 64% possession!

37th Min: NIGERIAN GOAL RULED OUT FOR OFFICE!

The through ball to set Osihmen away was reviewed by far as he was ahead of Djiku.

34th Min: GOAL FOR NIGERIA! OSIHMEN STRIKES!

But a VAR CHECK is in place…

27thMin: Nothing comes from the free kick as it is fired into the wall. Nigeria are slowly taking control of the game, especially since the goal.

26th Min: Yellow Card for Ghana’s Daniel Amartey! He makes the foul just outside the box, as Nigeria have a great chance here!

22nd Min: GOAL FOR NIGERIA! Troost-Ekong makes no mistake from the spot as Nigeria draw level!

20th Min: PENALTY FOR NIGERIA!

Ademola Lookman powers into the box but is caught by Dennis Odoi and the referee overturns the original decision!

19th Min: VAR CHECK FOR NIGERIAN PENALTY

10th Min: GOAL FOR GHANA! THOMAS PARTEY WITH THE LONG RANGE EFFORT!

Partey receives the ball from the corner and fires in a powerful shot, but Francis Uzoho in the Nigerian goal makes a vital error as he lets the shot go through him!

Advantage Ghana!

6thMin: Quiet start to the game, neither team able to create any real chances. It’s clearly a very nervous and tense affair so far…

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1st Min: KICK OFF IN ABUJA! HERE WE GO…

12:56: pm: Ghana’s Line-Up Announced – Thomas Partey captains his side here, with Felix Afena-Gyan fit to start!

12:54 p.m.: Nigeria’s Line-Up Announced – Five Changes for the home side!

Star man Victor Osihmen starts, as does Leciester City’s Ademola Lookman!

12:30 pm: ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐…๐ˆ๐๐€๐‹ ๐’๐“๐„๐! ๐Ÿคฉ

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Nigeria vs. ghana lineups

Nigeria starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Uzoho (GK) โ€” Bassey, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Aina โ€” Etebo, Aribo, Onyeka โ€” Lookman, Simon, Osimhen

Ghana starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Wollacottโ€”Odoi, Mensah, Amartey, Djikuโ€”Kudas, Baba, Parteyโ€”Ayew, Fataw, Afena-Gyan




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