Gyan's late equaliser deny England

13 years ago

International Friendly: ENGLAND 1-1 GHANA

Venue: Wembley

Date: Tuesday 29 March

Kick-off: 1900 GMT (7:00PM local time)

Absolute and brilliant skill by Asamoah Gyan earned Ghana a 1-1 draw at Wembley as he scored a late equaliser to deny England victory.

Ghana and England both deserved something from an entertaining fixture in Tuesday's international friendly.

The game's first scoring opportunity in the opening half fell to Ghana but Dominic Adiyiah, who found himself one on one with Joe Hart saw his shot blocked by the goalkeeper.

However, in a game of two halves, the Three Lions took the lead just before the break when Andy Carrol fired home past Richard Kingson with a low left-foot shot after 43 minutes.

The second half was dominated by the Black Stars with Goran Stevanovic making six changes to his starting team.

Ghana then took charge of the game in midfield and kept on pushing for the equaliser.

Gyan went close after he released by John Paintsil on the right side but his final kick flew into the side net of Hart's goal.

Paintsil also almost snatched the equaliser but his shot was deflected to corner by Gareth Barry.

England looked to be coasting to victory but the final say was left to Gyan, who weaved his way into the box to score and deny the Three Lions all the spoils.

The Sunderland striker showed composure in the 91st minute to dribble Joleon Lescott on the edge of the area before curling a left-footer to the far corner beyond the diving Joe Hart in goal for England.

The game, the first meeting by both countries at senior level lived up to its billing as 80,102 fans filled the grounds.

For Fabio Capello, despite Gyan's goal denying his side victory, he seemed to have enjoyed every moment in the entertaining fixture.

"It was a fantastic game," said Capello. "I am happy because Ghana didn't play it like a friendly."

Ghana team: Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Lee Addy/Daniel Opare, Isaac Vorsah/Jonathan Mensah, John Mensah, Anthony Annan/Derek Boateng, Agyemang Badu, Dominic Adiyiah/Prince Tagoe, Sulley Muntari/Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah/Samuel Inkoom.

Reserves: Ernest Sowah, Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, David Addy, Andre Ayew, Daniel Opare, Bernard Kumordzi, Derek Boateng, Prince Tagoe, Nathaniel Asamoah, Emmanuel Clottey and Sammy Adjei