England v Ghana, 29 March 2011

Score1-1
Referee Cüneyt Çakır
CompetitionInternational Friendly
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance80,102
Kick-off: 8.00pm Match report from www.thefa.com Last gasp Gyan denies England By Nicholas Veevers at Wembley Stadium Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 Added time goal from Ghana forward rules out Andy Carroll's opener. A fine last-gasp goal from World Cup hero Asamoah Gyan rescued a draw for Ghana, after a lively and entertaining game at Wembley. It had looked as though it would be England’s night until Gyan’s stoppage time leveller, after Andy Carroll had shot the Three Lions ahead in the first-half in only his second England game. But Fabio Capello’s men couldn’t see the game out and the Black Stars, backed by a record number of away supporters at Wembley, sealed a deserved draw when the Sunderland man stroked home in the 91st minute. It was a game played in a decent spirit and competitive throughout and the scoreline was perhaps a fair reflection of the match with England enjoying the better of the first half before Ghana improved no end after the break to leave their fans in jubilant mood at the final whistle. Despite England’s bright start, it was Ghana who really should have been ahead after just seven minutes when Kwadwo Asamoah split the defence with a crisp ball through to Dominic Adiyiah who raced clear on goal. He really looked the favourite to open the scoring as he broke into the box but, fortunately for England, Joe Hart was sharp enough to make a good save with his legs before gathering to the safety of his hands. In response, England had two good opportunities themselves within the space of a minute to show for their superior possession. Firstly, Ashley Young fired just over the bar after being set up by Carroll, before James Milner played a fine pass through for Stewart Downing moments later. The Aston Villa man cut in from the right at full pace, but shot well over the bar with just Richard Kingson to beat. Kingson then pulled off a magnificent save to deny Young, who lined up and then executed a shot at goal from just outside the area in the 15th minute. It was heading for the top corner, but the Blackpool ‘keeper touched the ball over at full stretch. The Ghanaian defence were certainly leaving plenty of room behind them and it was this space which England had been looking to exploit since the first whistle. It almost paid dividends in the 24th minute too, when Downing cleverly reversed a pass for Milner on the right and when he delivered a perfect centre, it looked as though Young was odds-on to score from only a matter of yards. However, at full stretch, he could only lift his effort onto the cross bar. England were almost made to pay for that profligacy just a minute later, when Sulley Muntari delivered a free-kick to the far post for Adiyiah. The striker somehow stretched to get on the end of it and divert the ball towards goal, but Hart denied him for a second time with a super save at full stretch, somehow shifting his balance from one side to the other to readjust himself and turn it to safety. The Three Lions finally took a deserved lead two minutes before the break, when Young chipped a ball to Downing in the area. His first touch ran loose, but rolled nicely into the path of Carroll who blasted home with his left-foot to give England the lead they should perhaps have already had. Both teams made changes at the break, with Joleon Lescott introduced for England to replace Glen Johnson in defence and Phil Jagielka moving over to right-back. It was Ghana who forced all of the pressing after the break though, cheered on by their sizeable and vocal support, and it took a fine block in the box from Gareth Barry to deflect a fierce shot from John Pantsil over the bar in the 57th minute. With Jermain Defoe on to replace Carroll up front, there soon followed an England debut for Matt Jarvis who swapped places with Wilshere in midfield and became the first player from Wolverhampton Wanderers to play for England’s senior team since Steve Bull. He was followed shortly by Danny Welbeck, who only joined up with the squad earlier in the day, when he came on for Young to support the attack. The final say was left to Gyan though, whose late run across and into the area past Lescott ended with a low left-footer past Hart and into the bottom corner to leave Ghanaian voices sounding the loudest.

1  England

Manager: Fabio Capello

1  Ghana

Manager: Goran Stevanovic

Goals:

Andy Carroll 43 G

Goals:

Asamoah Gyan 90 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Joe Hart
Defender/Centre back Gary Cahill
Defender/Full back Glen Johnson
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Barry (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Phil Jagielka
Defender/Midfielder James Milner
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Ashley Young
Defender/Left back Leighton Baines
Midfielder Stewart Downing
Midfielder Jack Wilshere
Forward Andy Carroll

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Richard Kingson
Defender Lee Addy
Defender John Mensah (captain)
Defender/Midfielder John Pantsil
Midfielder Anthony Annan
Midfielder Sulley Muntari
Midfielder Isaac Vorsah
Forward Dominic Adiyiah
Forward Kwadwo Asamoah
Forward Asamoah Gyan

Substitutions:

Joleon Lescott for Phil Jagielka 46
Jermain Defoe for Andy Carroll 59
Matt Jarvis for Jack Wilshere 69
Danny Welbeck for Ashley Young 81

Substitutions:

Derek Boateng for Isaac Vorsah 46
Jonathan Mensah for Anthony Annan 46
Daniel Opare for Lee Addy 46
André Ayew for Sulley Muntari 59
Prince Tagoe for Dominic Adiyiah 69
Samuel Inkoom for Kwadwo Asamoah 84

Cards:

James Milner 74 Y

Cards:

Derek Boateng 61 Y
André Ayew 63 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Rob Green
Defender/Centre back Joleon Lescott
Midfielder Matt Jarvis
Midfielder Scott Parker
Forward Darren Bent
Forward Peter Crouch
Forward Jermain Defoe
Forward Danny Welbeck

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sammy Adjei
Goalkeeper Ernest Sowah
Defender David Addy
Defender Samuel Inkoom
Defender Jonathan Mensah
Defender Daniel Opare
Midfielder Bernard Kumordzi
Midfielder/Forward André Ayew
Midfielder/Forward Derek Boateng
Forward Prince Tagoe