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FIFA International Friendly: England 1-1 Ghana [FT]


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Full time: England 1-1 Ghana
1-0 Andy Carroll
1-1 Asamoah Gyan

Goal!!!! England 1-1 Ghana (Gyan 90). Ghana have held England to a 1-1 draw.Goal!!!! England 1-1 Ghana (Gyan 90) It’s a brilliant equaliser from Gyan and you would think Ghana have just won the World Cup. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area, made space for himself, left Lescott for dead and curled a deft finish past Hart. Gyan goes wild, the crowd goes wild,
88 min: The edge to this game is such that there’s a cheer from the crowd and a look of delight on the faces of the England players when they win a free kick in the opposing third which will eat up some time.
86 min: The delivery from the free kick is poor and Prince Tagoe’s follow up shot is blocked
83 min: Gyan charges down a  Hart clearance but luckily for the England goalkeeper it goes behind. Inkoom replaces Asamoah.
82 min: This is getting ridiculous. Gary Barry has just tried an overhead kick from Downing’s cross. I don’t even need to tell you it wasn’t successful.
80 min: It’s David Moyes’s turn to do his nut now that Phil Jagielka is down on the ground. Danny Welbeck comes ion for Ashley Young and gets a cacophony of boos as he’s also qualified to play for Ghana.  Cue more Steve Bruce angry faces.
78 min: Paintsil crosses from the right and Gyan tries to clip his header goalwards from the edge of the area but it lacks power. I would like to know exactly how annoyed Steve Bruce is now with two of his players still on the pitch and throwing themseklves about as if it’s a World Cup match.
74 min: … After a lengthy debate over who is going to take it Asamoah Gyan steps up and flights the free kick high over the crossbar.
73 min: Yellow card for Milner who lost the ball and then cynically hauled down Gyan on the edge of the area. Free kick to Ghana …
72 min: Sloppy control from Downing, who’s tucked into Wilshere’s position in central midfield, and Prince Tagoe tries to knock it past Lescott and run but Lescot does well to shepherd the ball out of play.
68 min: Matt Jarvis comes on for his debut in place of Wilshere. For Ghana Tagoe replaces Adiyah.
67 min: Gyan should have equalised for Ghana. He broke the offside trap to run onto Pantsil’s curled pass. It was a tight angle but he should have hit the target instead of blasting into the side netting.
64 min: Corner to England as Kingson lets the ball touch off his foot before running behind. he pretends that it didn’t but we all know it did. Downing takes the corner inswinging; Cahill comes round the back and gets a head on it but it goes behind. It should be another corner but it’s not.
64 min: Leighton Baines has taken off his boots and is playing in his socks. This game has everything.
62 min: Ayew’s first action is to go in very late on Gary Cahill. Bad challenge. Calm down now people.
61 min: Yellow card for Boateng for a good strong kick into Milner’s face. The Manchester City player picks himself up, drives forward and shoots left-footed but Kingson goes down to his left and pushes behind,
58 min: Each side make a chance, the lively Ayew is on for Muntari while Defoe replaces Carroll for England. In answer to your question Stevesy, carroll has barely ben involved apart from the goal, is clearly not fully fit, but yes, he may well be the slowest centre forward in the Premier League.
56 min: Free kick to Ghana in a dangerous position on the right. … Muntari delivers a whipped ball to the back post which Jonathan can’y convert. They keep the pressure on brilliantly and Pantsil fires goalwards but Barry manages to stick out a leg and deflect it over the top. From the corner Jonathan can’t quite convert at the back post.
54 min: Ghana have started the second half brightly, having plenty of the ball although they’ve yet to create a chance. You would think the intensity of the game will drop as some point but so far it’s still at a very high tempo. Like a freight train that’s gone out of control and can only be reined in by the Denzel Washington like spectre of a glut of substitutions and needless stoppages.
50 min: Asamoah shows some nice touches which please everyone but Garry Barry who slices him to the ground. Muntari then fires at goal but it’s high over the top.
46 min: We’re underway. England go straight on the attack and Jack Wilshere lays it off to Ashley Young who curls goalwards but it’s over the top.
Substitutions. Joleon Lescott comes on for Glen Johnson. Ghana make three changes. Jonathan Mensah on for Vorsah. Derek Boateng has replaced Annan Daniel Opare replaces Lee Addy.
Half time: England 1-0 Ghana. Great half. Nothing like a friendly. Let’s hope the inevitable spate of substitutions doesn’t ruin the second.
42 min: Goal! England 1-0 Ghana (Carroll 42) Andy Carroll has his first international goal and it’s beautiful finish. Young was at the centre of the move clipping the ball forward to Downing who touched into the Liverpool man’s path and he let fly with a booming left-footed shot which flew into the bottom corner of Kingson’s net.
36 min: Vorsah and Baines go in hard for a tackle – that’s not your usual friendly international tackle – but Vorsah comes off the worst and is writhing around on the ground. “Baines is not that sort of player,” says Andy Townsend. That phrase is now meaningless.
34 min: We see some vintage Ghanaian football as the Black Stars find their rythm. Great possession football from Ghana but the final ball towards Gyan is swept away by Gary Cahill.
32 min: Jagielka gets lost under a long Kingson punt, twisting a turning under the high ball, but Gyan can’t catch the shot sweetly and Hart has an easy save.
31 min: Joe Hart very needlessly gives the ball away after preventing Gareth barry’s wayward backpass for going for a corner. Gyan can’t quite find Asamoah in the middle before the Ghana player is adjudged to have fouled Jagielka.
29 min: England win a free kick for a pointless foul on Wilshere which Downing clips over the wall but it lands on the roof of the net.
28 min: Can we safely say that this is the greatest England game at Wembley since the 1966 World Cup final?
26 min: Chance for a Ghana effort on goal as Wilshere is penalised for a push … Muntari elects not to shoot and curls to the back post where Adiyah stabs the ball goalwards and Hart is forced to go full length to push away. Great save.

24 min: Ashley Young hits the bar with the goal gaping aftyer Milner broke the offside trap and crossed. Mensah puts in a brilliant tackle to stop Carroll putting away the rebound. Johnson then has a scuffed effort which Kingson pushes behind. How did Young miss?

21 min: England have the majority of the possession but Ghana re dangerous when they have it. Pantsil crosses from the right and Cahill has to stretch to head clear before it reaches Gyan. The Sunderland striker then tries his luck from 45 yards out. he really gets hold of the shot and it’s on target but Hart saves.

18 min: England have resisted the temptation to launch it towards Carroll so far. In fact, they’re involving the big man in the build up. He could have done with being in the centre to get on the end of Johnson’s cross.

16 min: Free kick to Ghana for a foul on Asamoah …Sulley Muntari’s dipping effort is far too high.

14 min: More lovely football from England as Downing kills the ball and moves inside his full back with one deft touch. He squares it to Ashley Young whose shot is curling towards the top corner before Richard Kingson dives acrobatically and touches it over the bar.

9 min: Nice link-up play between Baines and YOung but the Villa man’s shot flies over the top. Downing then races on to a lovely ball from Wilshere. He’s forced to shoot right-footed and is slightly off-balance and it flies over the top.

8 min: England have also kept their 4-3-3 formation from the weekend with a midfield of Milner, Barry and Wilshere a front three of Downing (right) and Young (left) either side of Andy Carroll.

6 min: A great chance for Ghana and Adiyah should have given the Black Stars the lead. Adiyah was in one-on-one with Hart. He seemed to hesitate and Hart stayed back and got down to block his shot. That was the England of old. This is a good game.

5 min: It’s a bright start from England who have picked up where they left off in Cardiff by passing to people who wear the same colour shirts. This is real progress from an England team.

3 min: England win a corner as Young’s shot is blocked behind. Downing takes, it’s headed clear by Gyan as far as Wilshere on the edge of the area but his left footed volley lacks power and Kingson gathers easily.

2 min: A couple of tasty early challenges flying in first from Annan and then from Addy who ploughs through the back of Downing and is lucky to escape a yellow.

1 min: We’re underway. England playing from left-to-right. Ghana, in red and yellow, are quickly harrying and hustling.


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ENGLAND: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Milner, Barry, Wilshere, Downing; Carroll, Young
Subs: Green, Lescott, Parker, Jarvis, Welbeck, Defoe, Crouch, Bent, Carson

GHANA: Kingson; Pantsil, Addy, Vorsah, John Mensah, Annan, Agyemang-Badu, Adiyiah, Gyan, Muntari, Asamoah,
Subs: Sowah, Inkoom, D Addy, Jonathan Mensah, Ayew-Dede, Boateng, Kumordji, Clottey, N Asamoah, Opare, Tagoe, Adjei.

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