Ghana’s Black Satellites reached the world cup second round with a routine 1-0 win over Panama that enabled them to top Group B with seven points after three games.
The Black Satellites were back in action in New Zealand earlier this morning with a more or less perfunctory game against Panama. Ghana’s four points prior to the game and the competition rules made it virtually impossible for Ghana to be kicked out, even with a loss.
But Sellas Tetteh, wanting to top the group, went in with a strong line-up anyway, unchanged from Tuesday’s victory over Argentina.
The game was a balanced affair, not too much exciting but both sides acquitted themselves well. The Satellites continued to show their improvement after the lethargic opening game against Austria.
The game looked destined for a stalemate with only ten minutes to go, but substitute Emmanuel Boateng had other ideas. Taking the ball on the break, he turned his opposing defender inside out, before firing a well placed shot from the edge of the box into the net.