Gyan Earns the Black Stars a Famous Draw

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Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan earned Ghana a late draw last night with a fine individual finish. The striker on his return from suspension surged into the England box and jinked past Joleon Lescott before curling the ball beyond Joe Hart.

The game had begun at a frantic pace with Hart in the England goal blocking Dominic Adiyiah early on, whilst Richard Kingson had to be on his toes to keep out an Ashley Young effort – with the Aston Villa man causing the Ghanaian defence problems all night!

Despite the openness of the game, both sides looked to be heading into the break on level terms, before Andy Carroll struck for his first international goal. The Liverpool man gave Kingson no chance after Stuart Downing’s miscontrolled pass fell kindly to him.

A combination of good saves from Kingson and bad finishing ensured that England only went into half-time with a one goal lead, whilst Hart produced a fantastic stop to once again deny Adiyia.

After the break Ghana came out and looked fired up after stern words in the dressing room, with John Pantsil going close as the visitors enjoyed their best spell on the famous Wembley turf. Ghana increasingly got into the game and had a couple of half chances before Carroll departed to a standing ovation.

England then looked to close out the game, but Gyan stuck in the dying minutes with a tricky run that surprised everyone – even the goal scorer! "I was twisting and turning, but honestly, I didn't know what I was doing, I was just trying to protect the ball."

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic felt his side had done enough to earn a famous draw. "In the first half England was the better team, then in the second half I think my team gave a very good performance. I think after the way we played in the second half we merited this result. It's a good result because playing against England at Wembley is very tough."

We think the Black Stars matched England for much of the game and just did enough to earn a famous draw!

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