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04.06.2006 Football News

Ghana beat South Korea 3-1

By myjoyonline
Ghana beat South Korea 3-1

Ghana has completed its build up to the World Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory over South Korea at the Easter Road stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ghana thus go three games unbeaten in their run up to the World Cup after drawing 1-1 with Turkey and handing Jamaica a 4-1 thrashing.

Black Stars coach, Ratomir Dujkovic made four changes to the squad that thumped Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in Leicester.

The Serbian coach started goalkeeper Richard Kingston ahead of Sammy Adjei in post and replaced the two full backs, Dan Quaye and Habib Mohammed with John Paintsil and Addoquaye Pappoe.

Dujkovic also rested AS Roma defender, Sammy Osei Kuffour and played Asante Kotoko's Shilla Illiasu in his place.

The Black Stars ended the first half 1-0 up after going ahead through a penalty converted by Asamoah Gyan in 35th minute.

Back from recess, South Korea equalized through Eul-Yong Lee in the 49th minute but Sulley Muntari put Ghana back in the lead in the 62nd minute nodding in from a freekick.

Michael Essien rounded up proceedings in the 81st minute scoring Ghana's third goal.

The Black Stars put up another impressive performance threatening the Koreans in the early minutes of the game.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan was the first to be booked in the 14th minute after a bad tackle on a Korean player.

South Korea playing with a full strength team after drawing goalless with Norway on Thursday looked exciting with their fast paced game but were held in their tracks for a greater part of the first half by the Black Stars.

The Black Stars scored the first of their three goals in the 35th minute after a cross into the Koreans penalty box saw a hard pressed South Korean defender handle the ball with the hand in his attempt to clear the ball.

The referee who was spot on whistled for a penalty kick which was converted by Asamoah Gyan to end the first half in Ghana's favour.

Back from recess, South Korean mounted pressure and succeed in equalizing after five minutes.

Eul-Yong Lee fired in a shot from about 25metres to beat Sammy Adjei who had come on for Richard Kingston in post in the 49th minute.

The Black Stars probed for the lead again and managed to go ahead in the 62nd minute through Sulley Muntari.

A freekick on the right of the Koreans half found Muntari who soared above the defence to nod into the far right beating goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae.

Ghana pressed for more goals but Matthew Amoah and Michael Essien found their efforts flying off target.

The in the 81st minute, a cross from the side of the box by Michael Essien was blocked falling into the path of Asamoah Gyan who skillfully tapped the ball to Essien with the outer of his foot for the Chelsea midfielder to shot past the Korean goalkeeper.

Ghana made another substitution after the goal brining on Razak Pimpong for Matthew Amoah.

Ghana line up: Richard Kingston/Sammy Adjei, John Paintsil, Addoquaye Pappoe, John Mensah, Shilla Illiasu, Eric Addo, Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Matthew Amoah/Razak Pimpong