The Black Stars of Ghana beat the Elephants of Ivory Coast 3-0 in Abidjan on Sunday night, (12 September) in their return football match as their eighth friendship games continued.
GV: Flags ZOOM OUT TO: show teams lined up before start of match.
SV PAN ACROSS: crowd.
GV: Elephants of Ivory Coast kick off playing from left to right; Midfield play;
GV Play: Black Stars of Ghana in possession and attacking: Elephants break out of defence and gain control of ball.
GV: Black Stars scoring from free kick.
SPORT - FOOTBALL
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Background: The Black Stars of Ghana beat the Elephants of Ivory Coast 3-0 in Abidjan on Sunday night, (12 September) in their return football match as their eighth friendship games continued.
SYNOPSIS: Before the start of the match, both teams were lined up on the playing field to meet games officials and members of the Ivory Coast government. They were about to play their second match of the games. In the first, the Ivory Coast's Elephants beat the Black Stars of Ghana by three goals to one. The visiting team was approaching the return match very much the underdogs before a capacity home crowd. Playing from left to right, the Elephants kicked off and for most of the opening minutes, the game was kept in mid-field. But the Black Stars were able to take the game into the Elephants' goal area in the first half long enough to score the first goal of the match.
In the second half, the Ghanaians held the ball for long periods and all efforts by the Ivory Coast team to equalise failed. Instead, Ghana's Black Stars scored two more goals to finish the match three-nil. The home crowd was very disappointed at the result and, in a way, they had good reason, because the Elephants played reasonable football. They failed to score in the match, but it was not through lack of effort. Nor was it because of complacency as a result of their three-one win a few days earlier. They just lacked that little extra effort that might have given them goals on at least two occasions.
The Black Stars scored the third and final goal of the match off a free kick.