The Black Satellites have lost their second game at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey leaving them at the bottom of the group without a pointGhana’s chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the 2013 World Youth Championship suffered another jolt after a 1-0 defeat to Spain.
The Black Satellites lost their second game on Monday after failing to cancel out a first half goal from Jese Rodriguez putting them in an obscure position as far as picking a last 16 slot in Turkey is concerned.
The game set off on a high note with the Spaniards more determined to open the accounts. However, not even two free kicks within 10 minutes was enough to undo the Ghanaians.
Three minutes after, they were able to map out a strategy to break into the Black Satellites’ defence as a build up from the middle yielded a positive result.
Denis Suarez fended off a challenge from captain Lawrence Lartey who then crossed from the left to beat goalkeeper Ofori-Antwi towards unmarked Jesse, who tapped in the ball brilliantly into the Ghana post in the 13th minute.
Ghana came close to equalising in the 27th minute when Richmond Boakye-Yiadom played through Frank Acheampong, but the latter’s feeble shot ended up in the Spanish goalkeeper’s gloves.
The Black Satellites showed flashes of purpose to pull level before the interval but were not clinical enough at goal whiles the Europeans also wasted a few chances that could have added to their tally.
It appears coach Sellas Tetteh’s half time briefing got on well with his charges as they returned more purposeful to equalise. Acheampong got in front of his marker after a corner kick had been effected, but his powerful header ended up at the side net in the 54th minute. The Black Satellites kept knocking and it was Boakye-Yiadom who could have leveled the score within 57th minute.
He cut through three defenders, positioned himself well, however, his delivery went off the woodwork.
Spain almost made it two six minutes after, but Ghana had their last line of defence to thank as Antwi stepped out early to block a Deulerfou shot at goal. A 79th minute free kick by Spain was spilled by Antwi which then led to a scramble in front of Ghana’s goal area and eventually cleared by the defense.
Ofori-Antwi was once again alert to save Ghana in a one-on-one situation in the dying embers of the game. Despite the pressure from Ghana the Spanish keeper remained a barrier to goal leaving the Black Satellites without a point from two games.
Ghana will next play the USA and will have to beat them to stand any chance of progressing whiles Spain have picked a slot at the next stage with a game to spare.