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Jordan Ayew grabs hat-trick as Ghana massacre South Korea 4-0 in final World Cup warm-up

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

France-based striker Jordan Ayew announced his intention of taking the world by storm as he headlined Ghana’s 4-0 final World Cup warm up win over South Korea in Miami on Monday night with a hat-trick.

But the Black Stars were left to sweating on the fitness of striker Abdul Majeed Waris who picked up a thigh injury early on in the match before Ayew replaced him to produce his magical display.

Head coach Kwesi Appiah fielded his strongest starting line-up with striker Asamoah Gyan (scorer of second goal), Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah.

There was little to talk about in the first five minutes until Waris somersaulted over a tackle close to the centre line and injured his left thigh.

The injury looked quiet serious and led into the dressing room by two members of the Ghana’s medical team after his substitution.

His position was taken over by Marseille striker Jordan Ayew needed five minutes on the pitch to open the scoring at the Sun Life Stadium.

Gyan began racing down the left before teeing up Andre who burrowed into the box before pulling a low grounder to the right.

The ball found his younger brother Jordan whose shot deflected a Korean defender for first goal.

South Korea were gingered by the goal and bounced back to dominate play with their passing game and crosses.

The Taegeuk Warriors scored a goal on 40 minutes but that was disallowed after the Canadian referee whistled for a foul on goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

Four minutes later, captain Gyan profited from a defensive blunder by the last man of South Korea and he raced with the ball before placing it firmly on the ground for the doubler.

Ghana went into the break with a two-goal lead although they had less of territorial dominance.

The second stanza followed a similar pattern as the Black Stars soaked the pressure and hit Korea on the break.

After seven minutes, Ghana mounted another move and ball was threaded to Jordan who shot beautifully into the net for his personal second and the third for his country.

It was all about Korea but the Asians lacked the cutting edge and could not rally back into the game.

Just before the final whistle, Ghana turned on the engine and a nice combination play from right back Harrison Afful and winger Albert Adomah led to the fourth goal, which was a perfect connection by Jordan-, a hat-trick hero.

Adomah whipped in a cross from the right and the Marseille forward turned it in with panache.

Ghana will head to their base camp in Maceio on Tuesday and prepare for their Group G opener against USA on 16 June in Natal.

Ghana line-up: Fatau Dauda-Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah-Mohammed Rabiu/Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Sulley Muntari/ Afriyie Acquah, Kevin-Prince Boateng/Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew/Albert Adomah- Majeed Waris/Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan/Mubarak Wakaso.

What do you think of the Black Stars performance? Do you think Ghana are ready to win the title or cause a stir at the World Cup? Make your views known in the box below

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Geeman says:

    A Star on the rise great job Jordan most improved indeed

  2. keith from germany says:

    Congrats to the stars.
    Thats what im saying that let us give akwesi appiah the chance to prove us wrong.
    i hope warris injury aint bad.now those who were criticising jordan ayew will be eating their humble pie.

  3. Mannie says:

    Stars played horribly! They looked not serious about game.. The coach still looks out of control with team.. No kind of command on team

  4. Cnn says:

    Fatal was useless. Should not be given the chance ever again in the tournament.

  5. Kobe Jones says:

    Even though we won let us be very very honest our play was mundane and left much to be desired..I’m not being a hater or something but as someone who has Gh at heart…I am not impressed with our tactics at all..No ideas lack of purpose Shambolic defending poor ball handling poor passing but I must commend very sharp attack…soo sharp…Get well soon Waris..I rata case..luv y’all

  6. Plance says:

    With a little polishing, we will be up there in Brazil. My prayers go for Waris, speedy recovery bro! And to the doubters, who think we are only but participants at Brazil, please think twice before you comment!! Though there is still much room for improvement, I believe Ghana is up amongst the Best. Glory be to Ghana for our anticipated huge success that awaits Ghana and Africa in Brazil!!! Long live Ghana, Long live Africa and the rest of the World. RESPECT

  7. Plance says:

    With a little polishing, we will be up there in Brazil. My prayers go for Waris, speedy recovery bro! And to the doubters, who think we are only but participants at Brazil, please think twice before you comment!! Though there is still much room for improvement, I believe Ghana is up amongst the Best. Glory be to God for our anticipated huge success that awaits Ghana and Africa in Brazil!!! Long live Ghana, Long live Africa and the rest of the World. RESPECT

  8. dada says:

    to all the jordan ayew haters what do you have to say now. instead of supporting the guy you guys just sit behind your computer screens and talk all the shit you want since you have a career in football and you have managed a game in your life right? let the players do their job and the coaches do theirs. support the players and coaches with positive words and pray for them instead of criticizing every wrong step they make or on every decision u feel the coaches shouldn’t make because you might think you know more than the coach but you don’t know anything. everyone who criticizes thinks they are a coach or can do better than the players. opinions are fine but do it in the right way and respect the coaches, players and their jobs. God bless Ghana!

  9. 21guns says:

    Am not Jordan’s fan but today he impressed me ,what a goal .
    Our back need concentrate and focus on the game ,the Koreans were very fast and moves like snappy that’s why our defense was a bit disorganized ,

    I take my hat for Jordan he did an amazing job ….forget about the thrashing the team played together and palyed as a team.

    God bless Ghana

  10. Askantwi says:

    Now I believe in Jordan Ayew. He is very good at scoring. I realize I was biased against him. May be he has improved a great deal. But please Akwasi Appiah, do no play Kwadwo Asamoah in defense. It’s a real waste of talent and hinders our ability to advance. Fatau is also not good enough. Instead of punching the ball away, he was trying to catch it over people’s head. Any biased referee would have accepted that resultant goal. These 3 players, Fatau, Adomah and Rabiu, I do not know what they have done to coach Akwasi Appiah. He can’t seem to get enough of them.

  11. 21guns says:

    Am not Jordan’s fan but today he impressed me ,what a goal .
    Our back need concentrate and focus on the game ,the Koreans were very fast and moves snappy that’s why our defense was a bit disorganized ,

    I take my hat for Jordan he did an amazing job ….forget about the thrashing the team played together and palyed as a team.

    God bless Ghana

  12. GHANSON says:

    @dada.. Thank You for the wise words.. You’re a true son of mother Ghana! Much RESPECT to You..
    Ppl come here and insult the coach, players, GFA, and even the technical team.. you have shown CLASS.. I hope the rest of the villagers will follow ur advice

  13. Adebayo says:

    The scoreline may be deceptive being the result of individual brilliance and some Korean errors! Jordan was great, he kept running all over the pitch! The defense still sucks and let anyone say that the ‘confident’ Fatau is better than the Kwarassay who ‘lacks confidence’! Nonsense! The surprise about this whole matter is that AA was a defender and has been seen coaching the defensive players while Maxwell Konadu takes the strikers and offensive players! How come AA can’t work out some formula for the defense? And Kwadwo Asamoah was obviously not happy playing leftback. He likes to go forward and have a sniff at goal! All said, I think the coreline is a little flattering but would certainly sent shivers down the spines of some ‘yanks’! I may be wrong, but no other world cup team has been another world cup bound squad by so wide a margin! Just work on the defense, AA!

  14. GHANSON says:

    When Adomah made the squad,ppl came here to insult him and coach Appiah.. I bet they ain’t doing so now that he crossed a perfect ball for Jordan to tap in the 4 th goal..

    • Skinny says:

      You must have not seen well is it because he set up one goal? You better open your eyes and see I doubt you have ever played the game. What did Adoma do in this game or all 3 games he has played prior to the World cup? AA better not use this guy because he is actually a waste of space. Fatau Dauda another player I do not know how he got a ticket to Brazil. The coaches and the entire GFA has been lying to us that only active players will be taken how many game did Fatau play and what stupid mistakes he made when he was called to action. With that out of the way, Our defense need a lot of work we need to find a way to gel. I did not see the formation our coach played once again he was lost. Our mid field found it very difficult stringing passes we seriously need to improve our attack did very well even though we could have done better. But in all it is an improved performance and they have my support. If we want to go far in this tournament, we need to patch up or mistakes and not let this score line enter our head. I pray for Majeed to return quickly and great job Jordan Ayew. God bless Ghana.

  15. Ghanaman says:

    AA don’t start the ayew brothers togather because of selfishness. Dede will always look for Jordan when he gets the ball

  16. King Solomon says:

    Infact the black stars have really done their best. They should be given enough support and they can take Ghana far. Congratulation black stars

  17. readi 2 dye says:

    Some say our coach does not have or use any tactics so how can a tactical coach counter our no tactics. This game reminds me of the 6-1 Egypt game where, as a friend put it…the coach just put the ball down n said play ball. I think sometime we give these booklong alien coaches too much credit instead of developing our own African style. This non tactical style has earned us numerous goals compared to the tactical 1- 0 game plan by previous alien coaches…since I watch soccer only when the blackstars play I will welcome the input of avid soccer fans and some of the good analyst on this forum….please tell me what u think, am all ears. THE WHITE MAN BROUGHT THE CANNON INTO THE BUSH BUT THE BUSH WAS WAY STRONGER THAN THE CANNON.

  18. kakape says:

    @Ghanson, u don’t praise an individual by insulting the masses. How can u phantom that its only villagers who insults the coach? It’s high time people stop associating non civilization and other bad stuff with village life. #nonsense#

  19. clement says:

    I am much impressed with jordan Ayew performance and the entire team as a whole. We’ll masacre USA,GERMAN & PORTUGAL as we did to South-Korea yesterday. God bless Ghana…!!!

  20. LèShaq says:

    The defense men should concentrate and communicate.

  21. shine says:

    Well,for me the formation that Kwesi Appiah set up last night was very fantastic. I love such formation pack 5 midfielders that would always concrete the team and the opponents shall not get a room to enter so easily. 3 5 2 formation is best in my point of view or 4 5 1. Nigerians please do not insult our country,you also has your problems back at home. You people should rather fight Boko haram and talk to your national team players and stop deciving yourself. All these people who are insulting our coach and the players are not Ghanaians they pretenders. A witch always pretends to love their enemies but when the night fall they would sucked your blood. Anyone who is praying for the down fall of Black stars shall not prosper in good name of Allah Amen. I love Kwesi Appiah as a human. he is the most good looking and innocent man amount the coaches. he feel shy sometimes. lets all pray for the team to conqure the World cause a winer takes the Earth. players are human beings like us and they also has familes like we do. If it is your own brother will you be happy to hear anyone insulting your brother? how will you feel? All Black stars are good but they need our prayers. Fatau Dauda is the most confident goal keeper we ever produce in Ghana. lets speak the facts Kwarasey is only good in European games and not in Africa. and he is not confident when given the chance. look at Holland game he was coming out all the times to punch the balls as a good keeper. I met Kwarasey since his childhood days. His father is from North of Ghana Mr Lassana a moslem background from Navrongo but Kwarasey was born in Norway,he has a brother who is also a footballer but not good enough to be in the Black stars.

  22. AAA, says:

    @Shine, I will be really surprised if you do say you were impressed more with Fatau’s performance against SK than Kwarasey’s performance against the dutch.

    I hope we were watching the same matches.