Ghana beat Mozambique : The first leg match of the 2023 CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations Second Round qualifier between Mozambique and Ghana ended 2-1 in favour of the Black Meteors on Sunday.
Hearts of Oak attacker Afriyie Barnieh scored a penalty brace to hand Ghana a first leg advantage.
The game was played at the Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo.
The Ghana Football Association provided live updates of the match via Twitter and was reproduced by GhanaSportsMarket.com as shown below :
5th minute : Positive start to the game so far!
15th minute : Couple of chances so far for the Black Meteors, but not been able to make them count yet.
20th minute : Afriyie & Simba keeping the Mozambican defense very busy here!
25th minute :Hosts with a chance there but Alex Essel shows up to keep that out. Still Goalless at the Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto.
30th minute : Half an hour gone! Barnieh nearly! Just nearly got the opener!
40th minute : Nsobila weaves it beautifully from midfield but that defensive block from the hosts still standing strong
64th minute : Penalty for Ghana and Afriyie Barnieh steps forward to successfully convert. 1-0 for Ghana.
65th minute : Substitutions for Ghana. David Oppong Afriyie’s place is taken by Abdul Razak Yusuf and Suraj Seidu goes out for Emmanuel Adjei to come in.
76th minute : Another penalty for Ghana and once again the captain of the Black Meteors Afriyie Barnieh successfully converts it. 2-0 for Ghana.
88th minute : The home team pulls one back. 2-1 now.
89th minute : Substitutions for Ghana. Hagan Frimpong comes on fro Afriyie Barnieh and Ishmael Dede for Sylvester Simba.
Full Time : Mozambique 1 Ghana 2.
Ghana beat Mozambique : See Black Meteors starting line -up below.
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