Ghana poor record against Brazil continues as Marquinhos opener and Richarlison double inflict 3-0 defeat to Black Stars

Ghana’s poor record against Brazil continue in pre-world friendly in France after the Selecao thrashing the Black Stars 3-0 at Stade Ocean. Marquinhos opener from a header to Raphinha’s corner, Richarlison’s one-time stunning curler and a flick-on beyond Wollacott see Brazil continue their dominance over the Black Stars of Ghana as the Selecao triumph in their first game of the September International break.

After four games unbeaten against Ghana, there was a popular prediction for Friday’s game that put Brazil at the favourite position. Coupled with Tite parading a star-studded eleven led by PSG super star Neymar and Real Madrid chief tormentor Vinicius Jr, Ghana has no place to stand against the Brazilians/

And that respectable believe was rightly held and evident in early stage of the game after Brazil dominance yielded an early corner. Raphina stepped behind the ball and delivered a perfect effort into the box beating Ghana’s defense but very difficult to skip Marquinhos who head home to put Brazil ahead after 9′ minutes.

Brazil flourished in attack with Vinicius Jr and Neymar been the main architects from the left flank. For this reason, most Brazil’s attack in the first half had come through the left channel.

Raphinha struggled at the right side of Brazil’s attack with Ghana defender Baba Rahman putting the Barcelona forward at bay.

Brazil doubled their lead from Neymar and Richarlison sensational combination, and Richarlison’s finish was a masterclass. Neymar looked to be stuck in possession but held onto play for some seconds while the PSG star looks for the best option and found Richarlison. The Tottenham forward created a narrow window behind the box to ease Neymar as the PSG forward fed Richarlison in the gap with Richarlison scoring with the one-time stunning curler.

The goal showed a level of a matured and competent team with two players combining to score from two touches.

Brazil’s dominance continues to prevail and increase over time and could have sent the tally to 4 or 5 before the 40′ minute mark but managed to make it 3-0 with 5 minutes to first half. Lively Vinicius Jr entered the box a couple of dangerous moments so as on-the-night simple Neymar but both forwards failed to utilized the chances.

Neymar registered a second assist after sending in a nice ball for at tight angle Richarlison to flick beyond Ghana goal-keeper Joseph Wollacott as Brazil went up 3-0 at the end of the first half.

Ghana made early second half substitutions with Inaki Williams, Mohammed Salisu replacing Kamaldeen Sulemana and Felix Afena-Gyan respectively. Thiago Silva also made way for Gleison Bremer in Tite’s first substitution. Along the line Casemiro, Richarlison and Vinicius Jr departed for Fabinho, Matheus Cunha and Antony whiles Antoine Semenyo, Tariq Lamptey and Elisha Owusu came in for Andre Ayew, Denis Odoi and Iddrisu Baba respectively.

The changes quickly changed the direction of the game with the Black Stars turning the heat on Brazil in a new wing-back system. Three back men Amartey, Djiku and Salisu were wing-backed by Odoi on the right and Rahman on the left.

Ghana began to threat Brazil- something the West African giants have totally failed in the first half as Alisson Becker went on a full holiday.

Inaki Williams’ presence undoubtedly posed a danger for Brazil as the Athletico Bilbao forward’s two efforts inside the box blocked by Brazil’s defense. Brazil were completely detained but Ghana’s surge forward weren’t sensitive and the real threat Tite’s side imposed in the first half.

Brazil gradually retrieved dominance but at a reduced rate and still managed to create opens. Neymar continued to switch Brazil on, and a moment danced himself through a galaxy of stars at the left edge but the 30-year old was fouled. His delivery hit the wall as Ghana launched a new attack that failed to threat Brazil either.

A change in the 3-0 scoreline was impossible looking at how both teams had strategically adjusted themselves. Ghana had sit deep and rely on Inaki Williams for counter-attacks whiles Brazil were relaxed operating in the final third.

Tite’s side still looked promising in attack with Rodrygo, Cunha and Everton Ribeiro having their chances along the way but failed to convert them. Neymar’s through ball from the left flank nearly resulted in Brazil’s fourth goal but Wollacott tipped Rodrygo’s effort before Mohammed Salisu cleared over the bar for a corner.

Ghana failed to handled the corner neatly as a Brazil’s header into the net was blocked on the line by Salisu. The Southampton center-back was Ghana’s best player in the second while Mohammed Kudus should be ending the night with Ghana’s overall accolade.

The results means Ghana have been defeated five times against the Selecao who face another African side Tunisia on Tuesday/ Ghana will also play Nicaragua on the same day. In 2006 FIFA World Cup, Brazil beat Ghana by same results in Germany.

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