The Ghana Black Stars lead by a goal to nil in the their World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.
The goal came in the 43rd minute and was converted by Christian Atsu
As it stands in Group D, Ghana has 12 points, Zambia holds 11 points, Sudan has 2 points and Lesotho lies bottom with 2 points.
The Black Stars have been soaking the pressure and hitting when it matters much of the first half.
Several chances have however been wasted in a half that would be ruled as having gone in the favour of Lesotho; but the goal conceded.
Ghana XI v Lesotho: Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Richmond Boakye Yiadom, Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu.
Lesotho XI v Ghana: M Kuenane, R Mokhahlane, M Mofolo, M Ntobo, T Maile, Ramabele, T Masualle, L Marabe, N Lerotholi, Lekhoana, Molestane
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GHANA yesterday dislodged Zambia from the summit of Group D when they beat Lesotho 2-0 in the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier at Setsoto National Stadium in Maseru.
Christian Atsu and Asamoah Gyan shook the net in the 44th and 75th minutes respectively.
The Black Stars moved to 12 points, one better than Zambia.
Lesotho and Sudan, who held Zambia to a 1-1 draw at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday, have two points each.
Ghana and Zambia clash in a crucial encounter in Kumasi on September 8.
Zambia need to beat Ghana to book a ticket to the last round while the West Africans only need a draw to progress.
The clash in Kumasi is reminiscent of the 1988 Olympic Games qualifier in Accra where Zambia took the spoils winning 2-1 on aggregate and proceeded to the Seoul finals where they reached the quarter-finals.
The top team in each of the 10 groups will go through to the third round, where they will play home-and-away playoffs for the five World Cup spots up for grabs.
And SuperSport reports that Bafana Bafana’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Brazil ended in heartbreak yesterday as a defensive blunder by Bernard Parker gifted Ethiopia a 2-1 win at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
The result means Ethiopia, with an unassailable five point lead with one qualifying match remaining, automatically finish top of Group A and progress to the final round.
With scores locked at 1-1 with goals from Getaneh Kebede and Parker, a stunning own goal determined the outcome in the 70th minute. Parker on this occasion put the ball in his own net in an attempted clearance from an Ethiopian free-kick.
And Yaya Toure yesterday scored a brace in Ivory Coast’s 4-2 victory over Tanzania in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Dar es Salaam, a result which puts the Elephants into the final phase.
The hosts took the lead two minutes into the game with Amri Kiemba scoring, but the visitors equalised 11 minutes later through Lacina Traore.
On 35 minutes Toure made it 2-1 with a hard strike past Juma Kaseja. After tight marking of Mbwana Samata, his teammate at TP Mazembe Thomas Ulimwengu made no mistake, making it 2-2 on 35 minutes.
As the game seemed destined for a 2-2 draw after the first half, Ivory Coast got a penalty after Giovani was brought down. Toure made no mistake, sending the Tanzanian goalkeeper the wrong way.
The visitors came back hungry for more goals in the second half, dominating play.
Substitute Winfred Bony netted late after three minutes of added time had been showed to give Ivory Coast a 4-2 victory.