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Ghana Player Ratings: Jordan Ayew justifies inclusion as Kudus excels against South Korea

14:00 EAT 28/11/2022
The Black Stars survived a second-half scare from the Taegeuk Warriors but managed to secure three points nonetheless

Ghana did their chances of reaching the knock-out stage a world of good after defeating South Korea in the Group H game played on Monday.

Having lost their opening game against Portugal 3-2, the Black Stars needed a good result against South Korea, who had shared the spoils in their first match against Uruguay.

It was an exciting five-goal thriller that ended in favour of Ghana who will now play the South Americans in their final group-stage game.

Here is how the Black Stars faired against South Korea.

  •  Lawrence Ati-Zigi, Ghana

    Lawrence Ati-Zigi (7/10)

    He was determined to keep a clean sheet although few shots went his way. Pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Koreans in the 51st minute before making another excellent stop with 15 minutes to go.

    Could do nothing about the two goals conceded.

  • Tariq Lamptey, Ghana

    Tariq Lamptey (4.5/10)

    The Brighton & Hove Albion star justified his inclusion with an assured performance. However, over-confidence saw Ghana lose possession in the danger zone and Gue-Sung Cho scored from the resulting cross. Moments later, the Koreans used the same area to bring another cross to help the striker compete his brace.

  • Gideon Mensah, Ghana

    Gideon Mensah (7/10)

    Mensah gave his best throughout, ensuring his department was well-checked. Delivered the assist from which Kudus scored Ghana's third goal.

  • Daniel Amartey Qatar 2022

    Daniel Amartey 6/10)

    The Leicester City defender should have done better with South Korea's second goal. Should have challenged for the ball early. Otherwise, a good performance from the centre-back.

  • Mohamed Salisu, Ghana

    Mohammed Salisu (7/10)

    Dominated at the back, and used his body well to muscle the Koreans off the ball. Was at the right place to tap home the Black Stars' opener. In the 75th minute, he made a goalline clearance after his goalkeeper was beaten.

  • Thomas Partey, Ghana

    Thomas Partey (7.5/10)

    Did his job in central midfield well, protecting the back four with aplomb. Won four aerial duels and completed 88% of his passes.

  • Salis Abdul Samed, Ghana

    Salis Abdul Samed (6/10)

    The 22-year-old Salis was solid alongside Partey and helped in ensuring they dominated the midfield.

  • Mohammed Kudus, Ghana

    Mohammed Kudus (8.5/10)

    Kudus was lively and drove forward with every chance presented. Read Jordan Ayew's cross well and guided it in to hand Black Stars the lead. With the match tied at 2-2, the Ajax star underlined his quality with a composed finish that won it for Ghana.

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    Andre Ayew (6/10)

    The Black Stars captain struggled to beat the South Korea defence. However, he was committed to ensuring his team does not easily lose possession.

  • Jordan Ayew, Ghana

    Jordan Ayew (8/10)

    Was criticised for poor performance in the loss against Portugal but he stepped up with a brilliant display on Monday. Delivered a quality free-kick from which Salisu scored before later assisting Kudus for the second.

  • Inaki Williams Ghana 2022

    Inaki Williams (5.5/10)

    Not one of his best games; had one off-target attempt and missed a glorious chance when unmarked in the box, but Kudus bailed him out.

  • DF_Denis Odoi

    Denis Odoi (5/10)

    Came on to ensure Ghana maintained the tempo and do not give the Koreans a chance to score an equaliser. Played cautiously, maybe as instructed by the coach.

  • Alexander Djiku, Ghana

    Alexander Djiku (5/10)

    Djiku helped in piling pressure in the final third, and managed to create one key pass.

  • FW_Kamaldeen Sulemana

    Kamaldeen Sulemana (5/10)

    Just like Odoi, Sulemana played cautiously, helping in keeping the shape as Ghana held on for a vital win.

  • Daniel-Kofi Kyereh of Ghana

    Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (5/10)

    Another player who was brought on by coach Otto Addo to help his teammates secure the vital win.

  • Abdul Rahman Baba (N/A)

    Came on with three minutes to go for the injured Mensah.