World Cup 2010: High-Riding Ghana Stop Mali To Stay Top

Despite being weakened by injuries, Ghana ground out a very valuable away win in Bamako on Sunday night...
Mali 0-2 Ghana
Group 4 Qualifying

The Black Stars from Ghana pipped their Malian counterparts 2-0 at a jam-packed March 26 Stadium in Bamako in continuation of the 2010 World Cup qualifying tournament.

Italy-based Kwadwo Asamoah opened scoring on 67 minutes before Netherlands-based striker Matthew Amoah doubled the lead after 80 minutes.

The result meant that Ghana stayed top of their group with six points from two matches. Benin are second in the standings after they defeated visiting Sudan in Cotonou also Sunday. Both Mali and Sudan are on a point each.

Host team Mali launched straight into attack spearheaded by Seville striker Frederic Kanoute in this West African derby as Ghana, weakened by injuries to several key players including skipper Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari, struggled to settle down.

Very early on, Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien struck a 35-yard free kick for Ghana to silence the 60,000-strong crowd in attendance.

The game swung back and forth as both teams went in search of the go-ahead goal. However, there are no goals in the first 45 minutes.

After the break, Ghana took control and were rewarded, first through Asamoah before Amoah wrapped up a superb win on the road for the five-African champions.

Samm Audu,

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