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This Friday night, Brazil and Ghana met in a friendly at the Stade Océane in Le Havre. This meeting, which sounds like a test before the World Cup in Qatar for the two teams, quickly turned in favor of the Brazilians. Unsustainable from the start, with chances from Richarlison (5′) or Lucas Paquetá (7′), it took barely ten minutes for Marquinhos to open the scoring with a header after a Raphinha corner (9′). The Barça winger who was about to open the scoring moments later by failing to frame his recovery after a stupendous cross from outside the foot, signed Vinicius Junior (15 ‘). Despite some initiatives from Jordan Ayew or Kameldeen Sulemana, the Ghanaians lack rigor in marking and therefore fail to exist in the first half.
The Neymar – Richarlison duo hits twice!
In one of Brazil’s many phases of possession, Neymar ended up passing the ball to Richarlison, who sent the ball to the side of the net with a touch to mark the break (27′). 2 – 0 then 3 – 0 for Brazil. The one trained by the Parisian and the forward of the Spurs attacks again this time from a set piece. The number 10 hits a free kick on the head of Richarlison who offers himself a brace (40′). 3 – 0 at the break for those of Tite who are out there
The best of the second half for the Black Stars, first cheering on Williams!
For the second act, Ghana switches to a 5-man defense and brings in Iñaki Williams, who meets his first pick with the Black Stars. In this second half we find a much more involved Ghanaian team that even manages to put the Brazilians in trouble. Former Marseillais André Ayew was about to close the gap but his header only found Alisson’s crossbar (56′). After this awakening of Ghana, the intensity drops in the last half hour. Few occasions to report on either side except Neymar’s festival, well in the leg tonight, who after a good advance sends a shot too soft to worry the opposing goalkeeper (81 ‘) or the incomprehensible foul of Matheus Cunha who misses the goal from short distance (87’). The score did not move and the Seleçao won 3 – 0 thanks to a first half of the highest level. For its part, Ghana will try to do better next Tuesday against Nicaragua in Lorca (Spain) while Tite’s men will face Tunisia at a sold-out Parc des Princes at the same time.
To sum up
Brazil beat Ghana 3-0 thanks to goals from Marquinhos (9′) and Richarlison (27′, 40′). Outclassed in the first half, Ghana showed their best level at the start of the second half. Iñaki Williams had his first pick with the Black Stars.