Portugal 3-2 Ghana: What you probably missed in a thrilling encounter

Portugal 3-2 Ghana: What you probably missed in a thrilling encounter

When the substitute board went up, displaying player number 10 out, and number 9 in, the frustration on the face of Ghana’s number 10 was palpable.

He opened his arm in a gesture full of questions. “Why? Why are you taking me off?”

Black Stars coach, Otto Addo, walked shut to him to supply a proof, but it surely by no means appeared to have sounded passable sufficient as his posture outlined his temper. He hugged him on the top before letting go of him.

George Boateng, one in all Otto’s assistants, would later hug him as if he was hugging his spouse he missed for years. It was all to calm Ghana’s number 10, Andre Ayew.

Just three minutes earlier, he was seen wheeling away to the far-left finish of Portugal’s Diogo Costa post in jubilation, a sea of supporters of this national workforce rose on their toes in unison, leaping and screaming at the top of their voices.

The well-known music “bibi b3si, biribi b3si,” electrified the stadium.

Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr Bella Bello Bitigu, jumped up and down and said, “something is going to happen.”

A girl, probably in her 50s, prostrated and could possibly be heard saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ to wit “Allah is greatest”. She was acknowledging Allah’s role in that equaliser that despatched 1000s in the stadium and hundreds of thousands at residence into a delirium. If there was a roof, it will have been utterly uprooted.

When the cheers had been about settling, the Black Stars skipper’s second was about ending. His joy evaporated and disappointment adopted.

Many had been flummoxed, besides Otto and his technical workforce. They reckoned that the equaliser after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring for Portugal from the penalty spot, a penalty he described as a “gift because he’s Ronaldo,” gave the workforce momentum that ought to have been maintained, however the Borussia Dortmund technical mind pulled out the 2 men who mixed to deliver Ghana degree – Mohammed Kudus and Andre Ayew, changing them with Osman Bukari and Jordan Ayew.

Before they may discover a seat on the bench and take a breath to calm down their toes, the Stars assembled right here to illuminate Doha and Africa had been trailing. It was a stunner that left even neutrals in tears. A girl, perhaps a Qatari, seated along with her two younger daughters of about three years all waving the purple, gold and green colors with the Black Star at the guts of it received caught in her seat.

She lost her bearing identical to Ghanaians. The Portuguese took over after their second of silence.

A direct ball was hit in the direction of the left finish of Ghana’s defence, Baba Rahman who appeared to have the ball under management couldn’t flip to save his life as he missed it and it headed in the direction of Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and he made no mistake, hitting the ball past the attain of Ghana’s goalkeeper, Lawrence Ati Zigi.

A fast break would later comply with via Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, who discovered Leao to hit residence the ultimate nail in Ghana’s coffin. It appeared to be offside, even some Portuguese said it was offside, however because the saying goes, football fans are solely nearly as good as what they see, not what they assume they perceive.

The goal stood regardless of a protest from the Stars. Every ‘coach’ in the stands, I hazard even in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi, Duu, and plenty of components of the country questioned Otto’s concepts. He let the workforce, Ghana, and Africa down with that second of indiscretion.

Hopes gone, the remainder of the time was depending on ‘Insha Allah and vibes’, as some Ghanaians would say.

Osman Bukari would later increase hopes, sending components of the stadium agog, however many journalists would scream at him to go for the ball and cease imitating Ronaldo along with his celebration.

He didn’t. Within the same interval, the stadium DJ served fans Sarkodie’s Ofeets) monitor.

Maybe he wished them to do greater than they did and that monitor, in a language they perceive, was to push them to do extra. There had been 9 minutes for them to do extra and inside that window, Inaki Williams virtually drew the four-time World Cup members’ parity when he outsmarted Diogo Costa, however he discovered himself on the ground and he recovered to filter of the hazard. The boys huffed and puffed, but it surely was not sufficient because the Black Stars lost on their return to the worldwide stage.

When the ultimate whistle was respiratory via the audio system, Otto was heaving. He spent about 5 minutes in the centre of the pitch exchanging phrases with the referees.

Ghana Black Stars coach, Otto Addo, gesturing his arms in Portugal vs Ghana World Cup game

He felt cheated, Ghanaians felt cheated, and even non-Ghanaians said Ghana was cheated. If we couldn’t hear him categorical his disgust at the guts of the pitch, we heard that when he appeared before the worldwide cameras in a post-match press.

“The referee gave a penalty, which was not a penalty. Everyone saw that. Why? Because it’s Ronaldo or something? If somebody scores a goal, congratulations. But this was really a gift.

“A special gift from the referee,” he fumed.

His anger was such that he lost monitor of appreciating the onerous work of his players in this thrilling however emotionally sapping encounter. His technical advisor, Chris Hughton, hugged virtually all of the players for a gallant struggle.

Henry Asante Twum, Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association, joined Chris in congratulating players before main to the supporters to say ‘thank you’.

But one man couldn’t look the fans in the attention. It was Andre. He waved at the fans whereas wanting away before placing his palms on his face, shifting it up and down in a show of ache, anguish, and disappointment.

It was double ache for him – struggling to fathom how he was pulled out and a defeat in a game he felt the workforce deserved higher.

Next up is a contest against South Korea. Fans who had been drenched in Ghana colors are hopeful. The players must be, too.

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