An early goal from Thomas Partey was enough to secure Ghana’s place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup as they beat Nigeria on away goals after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their qualifying play-off.
William Troost-Ekong’s penalty was not enough to stop the Black Stars from recording a famous result on enemy territory.
Ghana has a lot of improvement to do if they are to do anything once they arrive in Qatar, but this represents a huge improvement on their Cup of Nations humiliation when they failed to qualify from their group.
The game started scrappily, with Nigeria in slight ascendancy. And when, on 10 minutes, Partey took aim from just outside the box, no one familiar with his oeuvre will have expected him to score. But Francis Uzoho dived over it at the same time as spilling it, and Ghana were ahead.
Nigeria, though, responded well, and when, on 22 minutes, Ademola Lookman weaved into the box and past Daniel Amartey, Denis Odoi bumped him over; Troost-Ekong punched home the penalty.
Thomas Partey (Ghana) No player really stood out, but Partey’s goal made the difference in the tie, and his composure was helpful in the second half.