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Ghana fall to Brazil in pre-world Cup friendly

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Ghana suffered a 3-0 defeat to Brazil in a pre-World Cup friendly at Stade Oceane in Le Harve on Friday as the Stars extended their winless run to four matches.

The South American giants – five-time World Champions scored three goals in the first half through Marquinhos and Richarlison within 28 minutes as Ghana struggled to cope with the pace and tempo of the game.

Coach Otto Addo was forced to tweak his starting lineup following a minor knock sustained by Thomas Partey during warm up.

His place was taken by RCD Mallorca midfielder Baba Idrissu. For Ghana, Denis Odoi and Baba Abdul Rahman played at full back while Alexander Djiku and Daniel Amartey paired in central defence.

Andre Ayew played in deep role with Mohammed Kudus as Felix Afena Gyan was deployed upfront with Kamal Deen Sulemana and Jordan Ayew playing on the wings.

Brazil got the opening goal of the match in the 10th minute through PSG defender Marquinhos who slotted home a header from Raphinha’s corner-kick.

Brazil added the second goal in the 28th minute after Richarlison connected a delicious pass from Neymar Jnr.

Richarlison scored again in the 40th minute five minute as Brazil increased the tally. Neymar floated in a wonderful free kick that met the head of Richarlison to slot home.

Back from the break Otto Addo brought on Mohammed Salisu for Felix Afena Gyan as Inaki Williams also replaced Kamal Deen Suyemana.

Elisha Owusu and Antoine Semenyo were also introduced for their second Ghana appearances respectively.

Ghana came close in the 55th minute but Andre Ayew's header from corner-kick went against the crossbar.

Brazil came close to getting their fourth goal of the night in the closing stages but Joseph Wollacott produced a fantastic save to deny Rodrygo.

The Black Stars dominated most parts of the second half but Brazil held on to win 3-0 at Stade Oceane in Le Harve.

The Black Stars will take on Nicaragua on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

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