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FT: Montenegro 1-0 Ghana

Ghana defender David Addy starts for Ghana

Ghana defender David Addy starts for Ghana

Montenegro have recorded a famous 1-0 win over World Cup finalist Ghana in an international friendly match played in Podgorica on Wednesday night. 

1′ Defender David Addy fouled his opponent to give away a penalty kick just after kickoff.

Striker Dejan Damjanovic stepped up to slot home the opener – much to the delight of the home fans.

Addy got booked for that challenge that gave away the penalty kick.

5′ Ghana midfielder Michael Essien fires a shot from deep but it goes wide. The Black Stars controlling the game at this point.

8′ Essien again with a shot from the edge of the box but Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic charges the shot down and subsequently cleared by Marko Basa.

10′ Ghana in full control of the game as David Addy lays off a pass to captain of the day Michael Essien.

15′ David Addy winsa throw off his marker. the Black Stars keeping possession well but not hurting the opposition enough.

17′ Chritian Atsu charges into the Montenegro box but his final shot under a challenge was feeble. Claiming a penalty kick but referee turns down his plea.

18′ Atsu trying to beat his marker with a bout of step overs he is however forced back to Daniel Opare.

19′ Ghana begining to give the ball away cheaply. But Essien wins it back for the Black Stars.

20′ Essien tries to pick a pass with the outside of his boot but it goes straight to an opponent.

23′ Another appeal for a penalty appeal against Ghana as ball appears to have hit the hand of Christian Atsu in the box. Referee waves it off.

26′ A long ball played behind the Ghana defence but goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey rushes on to clear the danger.

27′ Montenegro begining to impose their play. The Black Stars appear to be taking their foot off the paddle.

29′ Essien shrugs off a challenge and lays off  a pass to David Addy on the far side. Ball back into midfield with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

30′ Jordan Ayew fouls Nikola Drincic just before the referee who rightly awards a free kick.

31′ Jordan Ayew drives one across the face of goal, but no connection. Corner to Ghana.

32′ Adam Kwarasey with a big save to deny Montenegro on the break.

33′ So far, so good for Montenegro who are content sitting back only to hit the Black Stars on a swift counter.

36′ Christian Atsu cuts in and delivers a shot but does not trouble the Montenegro goal.

38′ Essien charged down. Referee rightfully awards a free kick in Ghana’s own half. Still 1-0 to Montenegro.

40′ Ghana’s build up has been very slow and predictable with five minutes left to recess.

43′ Players losing their cool as Jordan Ayew is brought down.

44′ Yellow card to Michael Essien.

45′ Jordan Ayew hacked down. Wins a free kick for Ghana 30 yards out. Ball played into the area but does little to trouble the Montenegro defence.

45+1′ Referee blasts his whistle to end the first half. Ghana with a lot to do in the second half to get back into the game.

45′ Ghana resumes play and already a header by Majeed Waris but it goes wide. Good start by the Black Stars.

46′ Ghana make three changes at the start of the second half. Samuel Inkoom on for David Addy, Sulley Muntari for Agyemang-Badu and Albert Adomah on for Mubarak Wakaso.

56′ Lovely pass from Sulley but Atsu’s cross was too feeble for a proper connection.

57′- Ghana enjoying the chunk of possession but failing to find the cutting edge. Ghana’s game has improved after those substitutions.

58′ – Kevin Boateng comes on for Jordan Ayew. Huge applause for the Schalke ace who is very popular here

59′ – Ghana in their own half with John Boye and Jerry Akaminko looking comfortable at the back.

60′ – Kevin Boateng struggles to keep possession after the ball bounce of his shin.

61 ‘ Abdul Majeed Waris soars above Montenegro defense but the direction was poor.

62′ It’s been Ghana all the way. Montenegro sitting back to pounce.

65′ – Ghana substitution: Kwadwo Asamoah (in) Michael Essien (out). He get round of applause from the home fans here.

66′ – Sulley Muntari takes over the captain’s  armband

67′- Ghana scream for a foul after John Boye was brought down. But the referee will have none of that.

68′ – Muntari has been very effective since he came on in this half.

69′ Albert Adomah weaves pass his marker but his shot was too feeble and misdirected.

70′ John Boye loses the ball in his own half but Montenegro fails to make the advantage count.

71′ Montenegro steal a chance to counter-attack but the ball has been chipped over the ball. Good chance for the Europeans.

74′- Inkoom is brought down cynically and the referee will whistle for an infringement.

75′- Ghana substitution: Asamoah Gyan (in), Christian Atsu (out). Muntari hands the armband to Gyan

76′ Montenegro substitution: Blazo Kumanovic (in) Vladmir (out).

77′- Fine cross from Samuel Inkoom but John Boye was unable to connect at the far post.

80′ Montenegro on the counter but Daniel Opare will weather the threat for the visitors.

81′ Ghana have ten minutes to salvage this game in Podgorica.

82′ Sulley Muntari takes a fabulous free kick but the ball as flying high. Asamoah denied by the last Montenegro man.

83′- Confident display at the back from Kwadwo Asamoah.

85′ Kevin Boateng urges closer but his final shot was too weak to beat the Montenegrin goalkeeper.

86′ Ghana waves for penalty after the ball seems to have hit the hand of the Montenegrin but the referee will overlook that. Replay shows the ball hit the hand.

87′- Montenegro on the counter and Adam Kwarasey is forced to come out to save the situation.

88′ Ghana piling pressure but finding it difficult to find a way around the Montenegro defense. The Europeans inching close to historic win

89′- Ghana has four minutes to salvage their image at the City Stadium.

90′- Good midfield posession from Ghana but lacking creativity up front.

90 + 1′- Montenegro playing to a set pattern, keen to hold onto the win.

90+2′- Silly retaliation from Akaminko. The Ghana hit the player needlessly. That should be yellow card.

90+3 Muntari is booked for off the ball incident.

90+4′ Referee brings game to an end. Montenegro record precious win over World Cup finalist Ghana in front of their home fans.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. redd says:

    hAHAHAHAA…..we better carry baskets to the world cup to collect goals.Look at wakaso running everywhere on the pitch like a headlesschicken, opare playing like he plays to okwahu united,jordan ayew…hmmmm.Maybe we should beg Egypt to take our place just to save Africa.

    • spellBOUND says:

      montenegro came in with 1 goal: to not lose. look at how they’ve camped in their 18 yard box. our strikers have no room to move at all. apart from badu and essien, no one has played well. their touches are poor, tackles reckless and crosses poor (especially opare).

      the only bright side in the first half is for ghanians to know that apart from kwaresay, essien, this is our B team…

      • afrikaba1 says:

        I only watched the second half but from what I saw, I think Waris will cause problems to defenders and can get freekicks in dangerous areas, plus he doesnt he doesnt lose balls. Muntari controled the midfield like a boss. Opare is a decent player but it wasnt his day, plus he should learn when not to dribble. Atsu reminds me of Quincy Owusu Abeyie, tho I can boldly saw that Quincy is better than him. He can be a decent sub when defenders are tired but ineffective if allowed to start a game. I had wished Kevin Prince Boateng to be put on the bench during the world cup for not playing majority of the worldcup qualifiers, however he was the only dangerous player when he came in, making him a first choice starter.In defence I would like to see Ainooson paired with John Boye. Adomah is hard working but not talented. he might still have a place in the team. Finally Kwarasey has shown the confidence and the goalkeeping trainer can no longer throw dust in our eyes. I know a lot of Ghanaians would be disappointed but hey you could see the Ghanaian players didnt want to play hard and get injured ahead of the world cup so may be we have a good excuse.

    • Zambia Soccerman says:

      Beg Egypt? you morron, beg Zambia. Zambia is better than Egypt and Ghana combined.

  2. lord Z says:

    hmm so this is how Ghana will beat Germany, U.S.A n Portugal. Tweaaaaa. Akwasi Appiah needs some real Under 20 boys to fasten the pace in this squad like our previous coaches thid. It was the young guys mixed with the experienced legs that took us far. unfortunately in a team where Dauda n Jordan are guarenteed by the coach to play,disaster awaits…..

  3. Loco Cojo says:

    Thus guy David addy is playing to wild. How do you give a penalty 22 seconds in the game!?!? I always said i liked harrison afful

  4. Black Mamba says:

    Essien played really terrible damn..why does he have to spend so much time on the ball. u gota move the ball son..our defensive shape is bad, actually we haave no defensive shape.Opare is always so far back he plays opponents onside,we really need to watch that..Boye is not his usuall self but hes just coming back form an injury..i think the coach has a lot of work to do especially our defensive shape.. Go Ghana GO..

  5. anokwale says:

    This is a typical Ghana friendly. Good midfield dribbling, no real creativity in the final third and defensive mistakes. One thing I will say though is that Kwarsey made a great save and has shown confidence.

  6. Zambia Soccerman says:

    You haven’t seen nothing yet. You suck and you will lose. After this game all you fools will start calling for AA firing because you are all insane and lunatics.

    • spellBOUND says:

      HE-GOAT! congrats on beating uganda mate. don’t worry, this is our B team playing. The A team is coming in the 2nd half. expect to see goal.

      jealousy go kill u oooooohh. loll.

  7. Zambia Soccerman says:

    Ghana scores through Grandpa John Mensah, its 5-1 in favor of gayner.

  8. oscars says:

    @Zambia soccer man, i think you are already the biggest looser, how much time have u wasted already. isn’t there anything better to do in zambia.

  9. Nana says:

    I thing today is not the day for Opare.

  10. Kwadwo says:

    they need to increase the speed, passing must be more accurate and more movement off ball.
    Thats how you can dislocate them. We have the ball but we dont do anything with it.

  11. BlackStar Tacticain says:

    Why does Muntari like playing long Balls.Give short passes since our strikers aint that tall..

  12. johnny says:

    Why start with the weak team then try to come from behind with no tactics?

    • spellBOUND says:

      ahahahahaha, masa, thats the million dollar question. AA, tactically bankrupt. u play to your strengths not your weakness…..at the end of the day, this was a friendly, no need to panic. from what i saw, montenegro PACKED the box rendering our strikers useless a fair comparison to the zambia game in ndola.

  13. Red says:

    My verdict: Opare (out),Atsu (standby),akaminko(out),wakaso (standby)

    Kwasi Appiah (out),Maxwell Konadu (In)

    • Edem - Toronto says:

      Who would you replace Opare,Akimanko with?
      Please limit your answer to a max of only 1 local player.
      I am not challenging you, i want a good discussion. Sorry in my opinion local players won’t cut it against the likes of USA, Germany, and Portugal with their players that will dive all day long to get advantage.

  14. Kofi Ghanaba says:

    Ghana is rubbish. If we cant win against such team then, i dont know.

  15. mukmin says:

    Better 2nd half display the 1st half was a disaster. The players were too eager to prove themselves instead of trying to play good football. The defense is horrible if they play like this against Portugal, Germany or even US we will leave the mundial without a point.

  16. Unknown says:

    With today’s formation and tactics Ghana won’t make it past the group stages. This was an awful display, no motivation whatsoever! They better step their fucking game up in the friendlies to come..

    • Zambia Soccerman says:

      Ghana is not as good as you guys claim. You will be castrated by Germany and Portugal. Wait and see. You and South Africa win the tag of useless teams in Africa.

  17. Zambia Soccerman says:

    @Alex zzz and 999666 also known as Selfmad, you have disappeared from Zamfoot site. We are missing you big mouth cowards.
    Forget this trash talk,truth is Ghana played well though, but midfield that is supposed to be Ghana’s strength could not do anything to win the game.

  18. Jaja says:

    There was ZERO creativity in our display tonight. No goal danger at all, reminded me of the CAN 2013 Zambia game where we als o had like 70% possession and still lost.

  19. Nana(RSA) says:

    Akaminko, should definitely not be taken to the World Cup. I anticipate us playing 10 against 11 if we take him to the World Cup, he lacks patience. Opare is definitely not a Black star material. The only tournament he played well was the U20 World Cup. Players like Muntari must be seriously advise, you don’t play long balls when your opponent has packed the 18yard area. His free kicks and corners were below par.Our Coach needs a Technical Adviser, yes it was a friendly but what was his game plan? You don’t rely on individual brilliance to always do the trick for you. Coaches like Klinsman will definitely take a cue from this match. Our defense needs an overhaul,as at now we do not have defense.

  20. GHANABA 1 says:

    Mahama you seeeee,Gfa you seeee, politics everywhere Ghana can not even win against a low standard nation like Montenegro and you spreading rubbish that we are going to win the World Cup.Mahama thinks to win a World Cup is like penetrating through Vagina or drinking Pito. Fellow countrymen, is that the so called blackstars we used know? They have turned our national team into politics and our coach has no clue nor vision like the ruling NDC party.If this is the way Ghana is going to play in the World Cup in Brazil then I rest my case.No wonder Mahama use the word Tweeaaaaa in Parliament whereby he knows very well that it has been banned in parliament.Re-name our national Team, Mahama Stars period and continue to distribute his T-shirts.Shame on GFA

  21. sam 1 says:

    i think with intense camping before world cup would make the team better. they can do better. Inkoom should be dropped.

  22. mukmin says:

    People should stop making excuses for this terrible display the coach needs to step up his tactics, prep and psych the players for every game. Brazil had a friendly they won 5-0 we cannot use the friendly excuse make this result acceptable the coach should demand more focus and intensity from his players especially the defense there is zero margin for error at this level. We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we want to go deep into the knockout stage. There is no leadership at the back and the coach will have to pick a leader of the back to make sure they are in synchronicity.

  23. Monteniger says:

    Greetings from Podgorica my dear Ghana friends B-)

  24. johnny says:

    Bring back John Mensah. Get Nana Akwasi Aware. Portugal just beat Cameroon 5-1 ! Kwarasey did well, but I wanted to see Adams in there as well.

  25. Prof Yusif says:

    It is better to Lost a friendly match than to lost in a competition#