Thomas Partey scored the decisive goal as Ghana secured back-to-back victories over Zimbabwe in Group G of the African qualifiers to the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
Three days ago, the Black Stars recorded a 3-1 win in the first meeting between the two at Cape Coast then continued a fine start for returnee coach Milovan Rajevac with a crucial 1-0 result at the National Sports Stadium in Harare Tuesday afternoon.
Rajevac’s team selection saw skipper Andre Ayew and teen sensation Fatawu Issahaku benched with Baba Iddrisu and Benjamin Tetteh taking up their spots from the last game.
Ghana bossed possession from start and deservedly took the lead, albeit through a free-kick, right after the half-hour.
Midfielder and captain for the day, Thomas Partey stood behind the ball for the won by Baba Rahman and powerfully lashed a strike over the head of goalkeeper Talbert Shumba before crashing into the roof of the net.
🕐 31' @Thomaspartey22 gives Black Stars the go-ahead goal with a free-kick.
What a strike!
Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 0-1 🇬🇭 Ghana
— Footy-Ghana.com 🇬🇭 (@FootyGhana) October 12, 2021
It was the Arsenal star’s 12th international goal.
Ghana did not play great overall but managed to do what mattered most by protecting the lead in Harare.
Victory moved the Black Stars top of Group G on nine points, two ahead of South Africa who host Ethiopia at FNB Stadium this evening.
The result also ended Zimbabwe’s hopes of reaching Qatar 2022. The Warriors are rooted to the bottom of the group standings having accumulated just a single point after four matches.
Ghana will face Ethiopia on match-day five before a potential group deciding game against South Africa on home soil during the November international break.