Amajita are edged out in extra time by Ghana

2009-10-07 00:00

ISMAILIA (Egypt) — Ghana beat South Africa 2-1 after extra time yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup.

Kermit Erasmus put South Africa ahead for his third goal of the tournament, Andre Ayew equalised and Dominic Adiyiah hit a brilliant dipping shot from 25 metres in the ninth minute of extra time to send Ghana through to the last eight, where they will face South Korea.

Erasmus scored in the 58th minute, beating Ghana’s defence and rounding goalkeeper Daniel Agyei to prompt wild celebrations on the team’s bench and a somersault from Erasmus.

Ayew headed home powerfully in the 66th.

Ghana striker Opoku Agyemang received a second yellow card and was sent off near the end of extra time for diving.

Host Egypt plays Costa Rica, and Hungary faces the Czech Republic in later games.

The South Africans missed some excellent chances that could have wrapped up the game in the first half, but tired visibly towards the end of the second 45 minutes and through into extra time.

Agyemang’s sending off gave Amajita some hope of equalising and forcing the match to penalties, but the South Africans could not lift themselves for a final push.

South Africa coach Serame Letsoaka said: “I think that after scoring the first goal, my players thought the game was wrapped up and we were caught out.

“The equaliser came at a time which deflated us.

“Maybe if we had converted our chances, it would have been different, but I can’t criticise the players — they gave it their all today.

“There had to be a winner and today it was Ghana.”


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