Saudi Arabia 0 Ghana 3: Black Stars thrash Green Falcons in friendly

The Black Stars brushed aside Green Falcons as Kwesi Appiah continued his rebuilding process

Ghana recovered from their disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup as they hammered Saudi Arabia 3-0 in an international friendly at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Tuesday.

A first-half goal from Kassim Adams, who was making his debut, coupled with a second-half strike from Thomas Teye Partey and an own goal gave the West Africans a deserving victory.

Coach Kwesi Appiah made five changes to the side that shared the spoils goalless with Uganda last week, with Lawrence Ati Zigi making his debut in post ahead of Richard Ofori, while Kassim replaced Daniel Opare at the right back.

Patrick Kojo Twumasi was handed his first Black Stars start while Raphael Dwamena led the attack in place of Richmond Boakye Yiadom.

It was Mohammad Al Sahlawi who had the first effort on goal by the sixth minute after combining with a teammate but his shot was too feeble for Zigi.

Ghana gradually found their footing, with Ebenezer Ofori breezing past two Saudi Arabia midfielders by the 10th minute before setting up Amartey, who blasted wide.

On the half-hour mark, Ghana almost took the lead after a poor clearance from Omar Hawsawi, with the ball falling on the feet of Dwamena but Hawsawi recovered on time to deflect the effort for a corner-kick.

A minute before the break, Kassim Adams notched in the opener after calmly tapping in Ofori's corner, with Dwamena almost adding another goal in additional time but the hosts’ goalkeeper parried fine.

Appiah brought on John Antwi for Dwamena on the 54th minute, with the Al Masry forward wasting the biggest opportunity of the game in his first touch. Twumasi raced down the right side of Saudi Arabia's box and made a clean pullout that found unmarked Antwi, who headed to the ground only for the goalkeeper calmly saved it.

Ghana were up by another goal on 68th minute when Osama Hawsawi pushed the ball into his own net after coming under pressure. The Black Stars could've added at least two more goals in the next ten minutes but the forwards were wasteful upfront.

With four minutes remaining, Amartey made a goal-line clearance to deny Mohammad Al Sahlawi a consolation as Bert van Marwijk's charges pushed forward in an attempt to pull one back but Partey made it 3-0 after latching onto a pass from Ofori.

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Vincent Atingah came on for his debut as he replaced Opoku while Kingsley Sarfo took the place of Ofori in additional time.

The Saudi Arabia vs. Ghana game was part of the hosts’ early preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup following their qualification.