Holland Defeat Ghana Again

Netherlands v Ghana - International FriendlyGHANA tasted defeat in their first high-profile pre-World Cup friendly losing 1-0 to the Netherlands last Saturday night in Rotterdam.

The Oranje took very little time to carve the Black Stars defence open with a perfect combination play between Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and goalscorer Robin Van Persie.

It was the first attacking move by the Dutchs who sliced through the inexperienced Ghana defence marshaled by Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Jeffrey Schlupp and Samuel Inkoom.

Robben could have made it two before the quarter-hour mark but the Bayern Munich star’s connection to a cross from the right was over the frame.

Robben was put through again and managed to unlock the Black Stars defence but goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey spread his body to deflect his goal-bound shot.

Louis Van Gaal’s side dominated play and were tactically better than the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists.

Before the start of the second half, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah made changes bringing on Afriyie Acquah and Kevin-Prince Boateng for Michael Essien and Christian Atsu.

It however did little to stop the 2010 World Cup losing finalists from pinging the ball around and burrowing Ghana’s defence.

The Black Stars barely attacked the Dutch whose defenders Blind, Martins Indi, Vlaar and De Vrij looked comfortable and untroubled.

In the 77th minute Robben tried to beat Kwarasey at the near post but the Stromsgodset captain shot-stopper pulled a great shape to parry away for a corner.

Ghana tried to draw leveller with Kevin-Prince Boateng making incursions inside the box but his finishing was poor.

Substitute Andre Ayew also tried to score from long range but his effort was cushioned by a deflection.

Ghana had more thinking to do aside the defeat when Jerry Akaminko suffered a nasty injury in the second half stoppage time.

The defender came down awkwardly, folding his ankle underneath his body weight, and was taken over via a stretcher.

Ghana: Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Jerry Akaminko (Jonathan Mensah 94′), Rashid Sumaila, Jeffrey Schlupp (Harrison Afful 69′), Mohammed Rabiu (Andre Ayew 63′), Michael Essien (Acquah 45′), Asamoah Gyan, Albert Adomah, Christian Atsu (Kevin-Prince Boateng 45′), J. Ayew (Majeed Waris 56′)

Meanwhile, Netherlands assistant coach Danny Blind has backed Ghana to go far at the World Cup in Brazil despite their a 1-0 win over the Black Stars in a friendly on Saturday night.

The Oranje needed a fifth minute goal from Robin van Persie to snatch the win and could have scored more had Arjen Robben been clinical.

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey also pulled some great saves to deny the Dutch.

“Ghana is a good team and that’s why we decided to play them in the first place,” Blind told the Dutch press after game

“They have a good chance at the world cup as we do.”

Ghana will continue preparing for the tournament in Florida, USA where they play World Cup-bound South Korea on 9 June.

The Black Stars’s Group G opener is against USA on 16 June in Natal. ghanasoccernet.com

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