Ghana’s qualification hopes dealt major blow after Congo draw

Ghana’s hopes of reaching a fourth straight World Cup seems fading away after being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Congo on Friday afternoon.

The away side took the lead in the 18th minute through Almeria forward Thievy Bifouma Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey scored a late equalizer for the Black Stars in the 86th minute.

The Black Stars started the game on the good note as they maintained possession very well but lacked the cutting edge around the Congolese goal area.
Shoddy defensive play by Attamah Larweh on the right flank gifted the Congolese a sight a goal as Dylan Bahamboula teed up Thievy Bifouma who beautifully curled his shot past Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori in the 18th minute.
Thomas Partey nearly got the equalizer for the Black Stars but his ferociously hit shot was saved by Congolese goalkeeper Barel Morial Mouko in the 30th minute.
The Congolese looked very dangerous on the attack by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori was able to put up some good saves to keep Ghana in the game.

Thomas Partey stepped with a superb strike in the 86th minute to ensure Ghana got a point as they maintained third spot in Group E.
The 2006 World Cup quarter finalists have now gone three games in the qualifiers without a win as they were held twice at home by Uganda and Congo and losing to Egypt in Alexandria.

They are now third of the group with 2 points behind leaders Uganda (7 points) and Egypt (6 points)

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