Ghana and Nigeria neutralize each other in the first leg

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The teams of Ghana and Nigeria drew 0-0 in the last round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup on March 25 in Kumasi. A result that benefits the Nigerians for the return match scheduled for March 29 in Abuja.

The spectators at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi were just waiting to explode with joy. Instead, they witnessed a draw between Ghana and Nigeria. Maybe not in every sense of the word. But this West African derby, between two tenors of African football, did not keep its promises on March 25.

It was indeed necessary to wait for the 33rd minute and a superb control by the Ghanaian prodigy Felix Afena, who returned to Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, to see the latter dispatch a spectacular half-volley. But Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is watching.

The Super Eagles, on the other hand, rely above all on counter-attacks and the speed of players like striker Victor Osimhen and winger Moses Simon. An Osimhen who carried out an unbalanced but too soft recovery (37th), while Simon tested the reflexes of the Black Stars goalkeeper, Joe Wollacott (55th).

A canceled penalty

Uzoho and Wollacott who are finally the big actors of this evening. Them and video assistance to arbitration (VAR). Because in the 77th minute, following an appeal to the VAR, the main referee Redouane Jiyed canceled a penalty he had awarded to the Nigerians, for a handball from Iddrisu Baba in the area.

Ghanaian fans can breathe: their favorites remain in the game for qualification for the next Football World Cup (November 21-December 18, 2022 in Qatar). But the Nigerian selection will leave with a small advantage on March 29 in Abuja.

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