Congo 1 Ghana 5: Partey's hat trick hand Black Stars World Cup lifeline
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Ghana brought revive the belief of making it to a fourth consecutive Fifa World Cup after thrashing the Red Devils 5-1 on Tuesday

Thomas Teye Partey struck a hat-trick while Richmond Boakye Yiadom scored twice as Ghana got their World Cup qualifiers up and running again with a 5-1 thrashing of Congo in Brazzaville on Tuesday.

After picking only two points from three games, Ghana were able to win for the first in the qualifiers and put up a chase with two matches remaining.

Kwesi Appiah made five changes in the team's starting XI that shared the spoils 1-1 in the first leg in Kumasi. Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp and Attamah Laweh made way for Richmond Boakye, Afriyie Acquah, Lumor Agbenyenu, Harrison Afful and Thomas Agyepong.

After a pulsating opening ten minutes which was dominated by the hosts, Ghana recovered from their early slumber and took control of the proceedings. Boakye opened the scoring by the 23rd minute after benefiting from Partey's pass following a goal mouth melee.

The lead was immediately doubled four minutes later through Partey after he combined with Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu.

Congo attempted to pull one back by the 30th minute but Bifouma Thievy's effort was saved by goalkeeper Richard Ofori. With two minutes remaining before the break, Dolan Bahamboula saw his effort saved by Ofori but VIlloy-Ayyet pulled one back for the hosts after he rose above his marker and headed in a corner from Fabrice N'Guessi Ondama.

Congo's celebration and hope to at least pick a draw lasted only few minutes, after Partey extended Black Stars' advantage to 3-1 deep in additional time with a sublime finish, after Atsu went past two defenders.

After the break, coach Appiah brought on Alfred Duncan for Ebenezer Ofori but the hosts were still causing troubles for the Black Stars' defence with Ofori making another brilliant save.

Partey completed a hat-trick by the 69th minute while Boakye claimed his double.

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Ghana sit third in Group E with five points, two points behind leaders Uganda, who face Egypt in Alexandria later on Tuesday.

Ghana will travel to Uganda in October before they host Egypt in the final game of the qualifiers in November.

 

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