Ghana Beat Chile on Penalties to Finish Third at Kirin Cup Tournament in Japan

Ghana Beat Chile on Penalties to Finish Third at Kirin Cup Tournament in Japan

  • The Black Stars of Ghana have beaten Chile to finish third in the ongoing Kirin Cup tournament in Japan
  • KAS Eupen goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen was the hero of the Black Stars after saving two penalties
  • The final of the Kirin Cup will be played later today between Japan and African side Tunisia at the National Stadium in Tokyo

Ghana placed third in the Kirin Cup tournament after a penalty shootout victory against South American side Chile.

KAS Eupen goalkeeper, who started ahead of Lawrence Ati-Zigi, was the hero of the day after his penalty shootout heroics.

Jordan Ayew, Mohammed Kudus and Fatawu Issahaku converted their spot-kicks as nine-man Ghana beat Chile.

Ghana, Black Stars, Kirin Cup, Japan, Chile
Ghana's Black Stars have beaten Chile to finish third in the Kirin Cup tournament. Credit: Getty Images
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Ghana started the game the better of the two sides, with the Black Stars dominating possession but failed to create clear-cut chances.

Teenager Fatawu Issahaku twice fired from afar, but his efforts were woeful as both strikes went behind for goal kicks.

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The four-times African champions kept flooding the Chile half, but the South Americans were resolute in defence.

In the second half, the Black Stars came close through forward Benjamin Tetteh, whose effort hit the crossbar.

Minutes later, Andre Ayew pulled a great save from the Chile goalkeeper before Afena-Gyan also fired from 30 yards.

The Black Stars were reduced to ten men after Clermont Foot defender Alidu Seidu lunged on a Chile player following a miskick.

Things went from bad to worse for the Black Stars as midfielder Mubarak Wakaso got sent off for a second yellow Ghana.

Chile took advantage of a nine-man Ghana team to dominate the final ten minutes, with Gary Medel coming close with a long-range strike. Ghana maintained their composure to force the game into penalties.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghana were humiliated in their opening game at the Kirin Cup after hosts Japan thumped the Black Stars at the Tokyo National Stadium.

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The Black Stars suffered a 4-1 defeat to Japan following an abysmal display from a depleted Ghana side.

Coach Otto Addo was forced to change his team following ailment and injuries to most of his starters.

Source: SportsBrief.com