Partey’s stunner helps Ghana qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup

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Thomas Partey scored for Ghana as they drew 1-1 against Nigeria in Abuja to go through on away goals to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Image: Gabriel Ahiabor/Gallo Images
AL RAYYAN, QATAR- JANUARY 05: Thomas Partey of Ghana during the friendly match between Algeria and Ghana ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at Education City Stadium on January 05, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Gabriel Ahiabor/Gallo Images)

Black Stars have booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after a 1-1 draw against Nigeria at Moshood Abiola Stadium.

The two rivals entered into the match after their first meeting ended in a goalless draw at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday evening.

Otto Addo’s men needed to avoid a defeat to earn themselves a slot in Africa’s five slots to feature in the World Cup.

The Super Eagles were poised for a win from the break of the whistle and pinned Ghana back for most of the early exchanges.

However, after nine minutes, the Black Stars captain, Thomas Partey, through a link-up play with Gideon Mensah at the corner broke the deadlock after the Arsenal star struck a long-range to stun the Nigerian goalkeeper.

Partey’s goal had almost quietened over 40,000 home crowd but a tackle on Ademola Lookman from Dennis Odoi handed the Nigerians an easy penalty after the referee was prompted to review the footage of the incident.

Nigerian Defender, William Troost-Ekong, stepped up and sent Wollacott the wrong way, levelling the score on aggregate.

The Nigerian side had a chance to turn the game around when Osimhen beat Wollacott to find the net but after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was disallowed for offside.

The second half took off and both teams tussled for a chance to qualify but the Nigerians couldn’t find a second goal after several chances.

With the rivals failing to do so, Ghana held on the record a massive 1-1 draw and has hence secured qualification to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

 

SOURCE: Adomonline

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