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Nigeria 1-1 Ghana: Five things we learned

Black Stars put on a terrific display in Abuja to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Black Stars put on a terrific display in Abuja to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Thomas Partey’s away goal proved decisive as Ghana beat Nigeria to the World Cup spot

Here are five things we learned from the match.

Ghana overcomes an intimidating crowd in Abuja.

The Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja was packed to the rafters for the second-leg meeting between the two giants.

The Nigerian fans created an intimidating atmosphere similar to the one their players endured four days ago in Kumasi.

But the Black Stars players were brave. They defended well after scoring the crucial away goal.

They blocked the noise, especially in the second half when they expected the Super Eagles to come at them.

Ghana defence stood tall again

Ghana’s defence led by Daniel Amartey and Alexander Djiku were absolutely impressive once again. They did not allow Nigeria’s attack led by Victor Osimhen any breathing space in the pulsating clash.

Dennis Odoi, Gideon Mensah and second-half substitute were all brilliant. They dealt impressively with Nigeria’s wingers.

Nigeria’s only goal came from a disputed penalty.

Otto Addo’s second-half tactics worked magic 

Otto Addo was chastised for delaying his substitutions in the first leg.

He was proactive in Abuja. He made three substitutions before the second half began.

Jordan Ayew, Fatawu Issahaku, and the injured Baba Iddrius were all replaced at halftime.

Their replacements Elisha Owusu, Daniel Kofi-Kyereh, and Andy Yiadom provided steadiness as Ghana held on to qualify.

Thomas Partey inspires Ghana to World Cup

Partey was given the armband in the absence of suspended captain Andre Ayew, and he led by example.

The Arsenal player’s stunning shot from outside the box gave Ghana the lead before putting up a feisty performance.

He received a yellow card late in the game for expressing his anger with one of the Tunisian referee’s questionable judgments.

Partey will compete in his first World Cup finals later this year.

Jordan Ayew struggles again

Jordan, as one of the team’s leaders, had a terrible game in Abuja.

Today’s performance was worse than the one in Kumasi, which earned him boos.

Otto Addo was forced to save Jordan by replacing him before the second half.

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