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Afcon Qualifiers: Ghana win Group C after thrashing Sao Tome

Ghana thrashed 3-1 Sao Tome and Principe in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification Group C match at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra on Sunday evening.

The victory saw the Black Stars qualify for the finals as Group C winners, while the Falcons and True Parrots Team ended their qualifying campaign winless.

The Black Stars grabbed an early goal through Nicholas Opoku after some poor marking by the Falcons and True Parrots Team from a corner-kick.

Mohammed Kudus delivered a corner-kick which was headed home by Opoku for his maiden international goal – making it 1-0 to Ghana in the process just 12 minutes into the encounter.

The visitors probed and searched for another goal after taking lead and they were awarded a penalty after Jordan Ayew was fouled in the box on the half-hour mark.

The Crystal Palace centre forward then dusted himself down and clinically converted the penalty kick to make it 1-0 to Ghana – netting his 18th international goal for the Black Stars.

Ghana were deservedly leading 2-0 at the interval after dominating the first-half.

The Black Stars did not take their foot off the pedal after the restart and they extended their lead through Baba Rahman with the Falcons and True Parrots Team’s defence exposed.

Rahman scored with a tap in from close range to make it 3-0 to Ghana on the hour-mark with Ajax Amsterdam starlet Kudus grabbing his second assist of the match.

The visitors did not sit back and defend in the closing stages of the match as they launched attacks and they managed to pull one back through substitute Jokceleny Fernandes Carvalho.

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The man commonly known as Iniesta beat Ghana goalkeeper Razak Abalora with a decent finish to make it 3-1 with seven minutes left on the clock.

However, the goal proved to be a consolation for Sao Tome as Ghana held on to their two-goal lead in the dying minutes of the game and ultimately, the Black Stars emerged 3-1 winners on the night.

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