Defined as one of the tightest matches of the African World Cup playoff round before it started, Ghana and Egypt faced each other in a clash between two potent squads that was supposed to be very close, and with few goals for either side.
Somebody forgot to tell that to the Ghanian strikers.
The Black Stars netted six times against The Pharaohs as they took advantage of playing at home behind their fans, and this result allows Ghana to take a giant leap towards another World Cup qualification. If they are able to qualify, it would be their third straight tournament where they already reached the quarterfinals on the latest edition.
Egypt, on the other hand, can’t feel any other way than utterly disappointed about the outcome of this match. Despite the fact that they’re considered one of the better teams in their continent, Egypt has added failure after failure in recent years. They haven’t been able to qualify for a World Cup since Italy 1990, and after what happened today in Accra, it seems unlikely that they will be able to turn it around in El Cairo next month, as they would need to win by a five-goal differential if they want to turn the tables.
Asamoah Gyan was the star of the match, as he bagged two goals and displayed a solid all-around game, but the presence of other international players like Kevin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Christian Atsu definitively help The Black Stars to get this dominant result.
It remains to be seen whether Egypt will be able to flip the script next month, but it’s feels safe to say that Ghana will be looking to achieve great results in Brazil next year.
If they are able to continue playing like this, they might be one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament.