Ghana 0:0 Nigeria: Black Stars Hold Super Eagles Of Nigeria To A Goalless Draw in First Leg Of W/C Play Off

The Baba Yara Stadium was decked out in yellow and red, and the almost packed arena buzzed with excitement. The Black Stars had stated that they had a strategy in place to beat the Super Eagles, and they began the game as if they meant business.

The Black Stars jumped right into the attack, winning their first corner kick in the second minute with a starting lineup that included teenagers Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (18) and Felix Afena-Gyan (19).

There were few clear-cut chances over the 90 minutes in Kumasi, with Moses Simon having the clearest chance, which he missed in the second half. 

Ghana had the stronger start of the two teams, with a noisy home crowd cheering them on, but their first serious chance of the game didn’t come until the 30th minute.

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Moses Simon found himself clean through on goal for the Super Eagles right after the break, and he had a huge chance to put them ahead. However, Jojo Wollacott saved his shot from 10 yards out, and the Super Eagles were kept out. 

With 20 minutes remaining, Ghana threatened, and Jordan Ayew’s decent attempt was saved. Felix Afena-Gyan should have sorted his feet out for a tap-in at the back post from the resulting corner, but he didn’t react quickly enough. 

Baba Mohammed was penalized for a handball in the area with just over ten minutes remaining, and Nigeria thought they had a penalty. 

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Following a VAR review, it was determined that the Ghanaian had been fouled before he handled, and the referee returned from consulting the monitor to reverse his earlier decision. 

In the last minutes, there was no more suspense as the game ended goalless, which was certainly a fair result, and set up a second-leg clash for a place in the 2022 World Cup.

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