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AFCON 2019: Ghana draw 2-2 with Benin in Group F opener

first_imgGhana opened its 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a riveting 2-2 draw with Benin in Group F at the Ismailia Stadium.Benin scored inajded 2 minutes through Mikael Pote but two fantastic goals from Ghana captain Andre Ayew and brother Jordan give Ghana a 2-1 lead at half time.John Boye was then sent off 10 minutes into the second half before Pote scored his second of the game to tie the result.Ghana shocked under 2 minutes as Thomas Partey’s sloppy pass was intercepted by Mikael Frank Pote who bamboozled his way through the Ghana defense to finish nearly.As Ghana ran off to celebrate, Partey was quick to fetch the ball from his own net with with the confidence of an unshaken rain dripped bird, but deep down, he and his teammates looked like they had just bobbed  up bellywise from stream of sleep, still dazed.The Black Stars had to respond and they did within 5 minutes. Andy Yiadom lifted a sweet ball over the top to pick up the intelligent run of Jordan Ayew. He picked out his brother with a cut back and Andre Ayew’s first touch created space for him to unleash fabulous strike into the bottom corner. Ghana were level.The goal took the Ghana captain to 9 goals, the record Ghanaian goalscorer at the Africa Cup of Nations.Thomas Agyapong injured himself and was by another Afcon debutant Samuel Owusu.But just before half time, Jordan Ayew showed interstellar brilliance to beat his marker in the turn before unleash stupendous strike into the roof of the net.It was nothing short of deserved for the BlackStars and for Jordan in particular.At the start of the second half, John Boye was given his marching orders for one of the silliest things you’d ever see on a football match. Having been booked for a wild challenge in the first half, he received a second yellow for time wasting just a mere 10 minutes into the second half.A typical moment of brain freeze for the Metz defender. And not for the first time in his Black Stars career.Kwesi Appiah brought out Samuel Owusu and threw in Jonathan Mensah to maintain his defensive shape.Soon after, Benin were level, Pote with a neat finish following a fine short corner routine; his second of the game.On 70 minutes Partey’s piledrive from the free-kick was tipped over by Fabian Farnolle as Ghana went in search of the winning goal.But that was to be the most significant action of the remaining 20 minutes as Ghana survived a late onslaught from Michel Dussuyer’s team.Ghana will next play Cameroon on Saturday.last_img read more

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Aubameyang named Arsenal Player of the season

first_imgArsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been named the club’s player of the season for the 2019/2020 campaign. The Gabon international enjoyed another impressive campaign with the Gunners, and claimed 74 per cent of the votes cast.Aubameyang, once more finished the season as the club’s top scorer, with 29 goals to his name, and guided Arsenal to their 14th Emirates FA Cup by following his semi-final brace against Manchester City with another two strikes against Chelsea in the final. German goalkeeper, Bernd Leno came in second, after a string of impressive displays all season.The 28-year-old was consistently one of Arsenal’s finest performers, making vital saves in the Premier League until his season was ended prematurely at Brighton & Hove Albion after the PL restart. The winners were announced on the club’s official website earlier on Saturday.last_img read more

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Newcastle agree deal to sign Japan’s Muto from Mainz

first_imgBut with Muto not a regular in recent Japan line-ups, it will be down to England’s governing Football Association to decide if he is cleared to play for northeast side Newcastle.“Newcastle United can confirm that Japan international Yoshinori Muto has been on Tyneside today (Friday) ahead of a proposed move to the club,” said a statement issued by the Magpies.“An agreement has been formalised between the Magpies and Muto’s current club, FSV Mainz 05, and the player has undergone a medical and agreed personal terms.“The transfer is now subject to the player being issued with a governing body endorsement, which will be determined at a hearing to take place later next week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle-bound: Japan forward Yoshinori Muto © AFP/File / Kazuhiro NOGILONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 27 – Japan forward Yoshinori Muto is close to completing a move to the English Premier League after Newcastle United said Friday they had areed terms to sign him from German club Mainz.Newcastle said the move was now subject to approval, with the 26-year-old requiring a work permit.last_img read more

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