England 1-1 Ghana
Carroll 43 Gyan 90 + 1
Asamoah Gyan’s 90th-minute equaliser gave Ghana a deserved draw in an entertaining, ferociously competitive Wembley friendly against Fabio Capello’s experimental England line-up, in front of a boisterous crowd including 20,000 Ghanaian fans.
The Black Stars could have taken a seventh-minute lead when Sulley Muntari sent Dominic Adiyah clear, only for his shot to be smothered by on-rushing England keeper Joe Hart.
Ashley Young twice went close for England, his right-foot curling effort tipped over by Ghana’s custodian Richard Kingson on 13 minutes before hitting the crossbar of a gaping goal from four yards on 25 minutes.
And Adiyah went close a second time for Ghana, two minutes later, Hart saving his close range side-footed effort from Muntari’s right-flank setpiece.
Two minutes before half-time England went ahead when Andy Carroll drilled Downing’s lay-off left-footed past a static Kingson.
Ghana’s John Pantsil had a left-foot shot deflected narrowly over on 59 minutes. Moments later Kingson made another fine left-handed save, from James Milner’s 25-yard left-foot shot.
And Ghana’s fans went home in party mode after Gyan skilfully cut inside Joleon Lescott on the edge of the penalty area before curling a pinpoint left-footed effort into the bottom corner past Hart’s right hand.
Tags: Asamoah Gyan, Fabio Capello, Sulley Muntari, England, Richard Kingson, Andy Carroll, Ghana