quansah kills off hungary

A THUNDERBOLT from Abeiku Quansah was the difference as Ghana survived a late comeback from Hungary to book their place in the final of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

A THUNDERBOLT from Abeiku Quansah was the difference as Ghana survived a late comeback from Hungary to book their place in the final of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Leading 2-0 with just under 20 minutes to go, thanks to a first-half brace from Dominic Adiyiah, Quansah's 81st-minute effort was sandwiched in between strikes from substitutes Marko Futacs and Balazs Megyeri.

Ghana deserved to win, serving notice of their intent as early as the ninth minute when Mohammed Rabiu sent a right-footed shot over the bar and a minute later they were ahead. Adam Presinger's sloppy back pass was seized on by Andre Ayew, who took it past the keeper, through to Adiyiah, who bundled it over the line.

Ayew and Ransford Osei had shots that were fairly comfortable for Peter Gulasci, but the keeper could do nothing about the Satellites' second, which came shortly after the half-hour mark. Samuel Inkoom's cross from the right was met with a downward header by Adiyiah, who celebrated his eighth goal of the tournament in style. The only shot on goal of note from the Europeans in the first half came when Mate Kiss's free-kick was comfortably claimed by Daniel Agyei.

Hungary made two changes at the break, with Presinger and the injured Nemeth replaced by Balazs Megyeri and Roland Varga respectively. Marko Futacs also came on for captain Zsolt Korcsmar, and it took two minutes for this change to pay off. When Andras Simon slipped the ball to the big striker, he made no mistake. With Hungary committing men forward, Ghana took advantage.

Adiyiah slipped the ball to Opuko Agyemang, who found Quansah on the right side of the box and he crashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar to restore Ghana's two-goal advantage with nine minutes to go. The Black Satellites should have been cruising by this point, but a defensive lapse from David Addy allowed Hungary back into the game, through Megyeri's strike. Yet, despite the deficit being reduced once again, it was Ghana who came closest to scoring in added time when Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu rattled the crossbar with a ferocious right-footed shot.

Two minutes later, the Ghanaians were celebrating their progression to their third finals appearance in this tournament. - Fifa.com

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