You can visit the Dutch blog if you are interested in theirs, however in brief, the Dutch were disciplined and affirmed coach Marwijk’s belief that he already knows his starting eleven.
Ghana played the proverbial game of two halves: it seemed a more spirited Black Stars emerged from Mount Afadjato (Ghana’s highest peak) in the second half.
Ghana starting lineup:
Richard Kingson; Hans Adu-Sarpei, John Paintsil, Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, Quincy Owusu Abeyie, Stephen Appiah, Derek Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Anthony Annan, Mathew Amoah.
Used subs: John Mensah, Dominic Adiyiah, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan
Video of the goals and ratings after the jump.
First, the highlights:
Richard Kingson: 4 – Played like he was on Skelaxine (a popular type of arthritis medication). Jittery, indecisive and totally out of his depth. Disappointing, really.
Hans Adu-Sarpei: 6 – Once again, hardly lost the ball and kept his left side of the field generally safe. Only problem is his lack of pace, but it seems Ghana have no option to stick with him as his replacement is also a right-footed Rahim Ayew.
John Paintsil: 5 – The Fulham man was quiet. Didn’t do much and was symptomatic of the whole team’s first half showing. Still, a dependable soul whose starting role is guaranteed.
Isaac Vorsah: 7 – Stood tall in defense, literally and figuratively. At a point, he was playing a holding midfield role alongside Annan and Boateng and was being overworked. But he was quietly effective, calm and solid for the whole match, especially preventing Van Persie from scoring. Shows his class more and more all the time.
Lee Addy: 5 – Did his best under the circumstances yet he is a bit shaky. That said, the only thing he needs is an injection of confidence and a little inspiration from experienced defenders like Mensah.
Anthony Annan: 4 – His usual combative levels were lost today. The first half was not good for him, like for the rest of the side. Was played in a holding/mopping role with Derek Boateng, a position he’s usually comfortable in. An off-day he had, perhaps, as he allowed Sneidjer to run rings around him.
Stephen Appiah: 4 - If Rajevac declines to the use the captain against Latvia or even against Serbia, there would be very few complaints. He was overrun, outplayed and outmuscled. His inspirational and leadership qualities on the field are very much in question now. Despite his calss, it is crystal clear that Appiah is not the same player he was. When he was in Ghana a few weeks ago, his body language said he was ready for one last hurrah. Never happened today.
Sulley Muntari: 5 – Was restricted by the coach not to move forward, so his role was limited. He loves to surge forward on occasion but it was clear he had been defined as a supplier for Amoah. He could not do this because he was heavily closed down by the Dutch midfield. He still needs to be a starter because his hard tackles bring a lot to the game.
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie: 3 – Where to begin? When given a starting role in front of a nation that is divided about your importance, you do not do four stepovers on every ball. On one occasion he had Amoah in his sights and the team lost a good chance because of his over-deliberation. Has shot himself in his fast-paced feet. Would be shocked if he ever gets a starting role again.
Derek Boateng: 6 – Was one of few players still on in the second half. With the right support he is able to move forward and give out the balls. But anyone who has watched him for Getafe knows he is not half the player he’s been for Ghana in his past two internationals.
Matthew Amoah: 4 – His inability to replicate his club form is baffling. For Ghana, he does not chase down lose Dutch balls in the opposing half and does not run at defenders. Unfortunately, the young Dominic Adiyiah and Prince Tagoe staked a better claim to start than he does.
Used subs: Prince Tagoe: 5 – Not firing at all cylinders, but getting there. Desire to do the dirty work is clear. However, a lack of playing time also shows in his game as he is not as sharp as we know him to be.
Andre Ayew: 6 – One of the better players on the field after his coming. Came on at the start of the second half, with purpose. Went in for the 50-50 balls without fear. Over the past year or so, the main issue with him has been his over-deliberation; today it was just touch-and-go stuff from Abedi’s son.
Dominic Adiyiah: 4 - Came on with some spirited runs but was soon dealt with by the Dutch expreince. Even had a rare shot on goal and showed that with more international exposure, he can face off with the big boys even at his age. Looked a bit starry-eyed at times.
Kwadwo Asamoah: N/A – Came on too late to make a meaningful impact. Should he have been brought earlier for Derek? That’s open to question, as Derek was also finding his rhythm late on.
John Mensah: 6 – Came on at the start of the second half and his job to be captain (leader and inspirer) was well done. Brought immediate stability to his defense. Do I hear 23 million Ghanaians praying for him to be fit for the entire duration of the World Cup? I think you know why.
Asamoah Gyan: 6 – Heckled the Dutch backline on more than one occasion, earning himself a caution in his zeal. The goal would do a lot for his confidence. Clearly a starting role is guaranteed for him.
Coach Milovan Rajevac: 7 – The Serbian has made his point. In the first half he used a team he's not too confident in, with a few exceptions. They did not disappoint. Most of them were a sweet mistake. That's why he brought on the preferred team in the second half, to make a simple point to all of us: when he decides to drop certain ‘big boys’ in the coming games, can anyone complain?
No. The 4-3-2-1 in the first half and the 4-3-3 formations used in both halves respectively were all part of his shuffling of roles for the players. At a point in the first half, Muntari was even moved to the right while Quincy was moved to the left. Clearly trying them out.
Two sets of players have shown that to be in this team, you have to be match fit and you need regular club time.
These are my views, now ESPN would very much love to hear yours.
lackluster first half performance. ratings are spot on,second half set was far more impressive
Posted by James Dadzie on 06/02/2010
I believe the coach now has a fair idea about who to use more at the world cup. I'm both happy and sad about the result. I'm happy because the boys will now learn their lessons and know where they fall short. And I'm sad at the fact that my team lost - as a ghanaian - and that's normal; but I still have confidence in the team. We can make an impact
Posted by Kwacos on 06/02/2010
The writer definitely shows his hatred for Owusu-Abeyie. We all saw moments of soccer brilliance from the young chap. What do you expect him to do when he is going forward with the ball and there's no partner clearly well placed to receive the ball? He will definitely hold on to it. I believe that some footballers just play that role in soccer. Talk of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and the likes. I am not comparing Abeyie's skills to those of Messi and Ronaldo but what he does with the ball is also his gift. Besides, he did not play as badly as you have rated him. For the first half, my best players are Stephen Appiah, Abeyie and Derek Boateng. I will not rate Abeyie anything more or less than 5.5. Yes, I feel he could have done better, knowing the skills and pace he possesses but his performance deserves better than a 3. After all, was he playing when the team conceded 3 more goals? Comments such as "nation divided over one's importance" are discouraging to say the least. Be considerate.
Posted by Gary Al-Smith on 06/02/2010
Your points have been well laid out.
We know Quincy can be devastating when he FUSES his trickery with EFFICIENCY. He was clearly moving well, but he shot himself in the foot (in my view) by not playing one-touch football against a Dutch team that could not match his speed but dealt with him by sheer NUMBERS.
I hope you get my point. And I don't hate him, not at all.
Posted by Kwabena on 06/02/2010
I agree with the writer's point that Owusu-Abeyie has a lot of potential with his ball trickery but we did not see it work to the Black Stars' benefit on Tuesday. I don't think we can make full judgements on projecting his World Cup play based on the few touches that he had in the 1st half. I would have rated him higher than a 3 because I saw that the effort and intention was there to make a play when the rest of the sqaud was rather lackluster. The Dutch dominated the possession in the 1st half, so I don't blame him for holding it and trying to develop a play on his own.
I am very impressed with Gyan, continuing his strong play from the Cup of Nations. His playmaking ability will be vital against Serbia's tough defense.
I disagree with the writer that Mensah played well. I understand that he is not in game shape yet, but he looked slow to react and found himself out of position a few times. He will need to play much better when the games count.
Posted by Going Home on 06/04/2010
This match proved many things: Ghana doesn't play enough friendlies( 2 games since end of African cup of nations in Feb), selects from a small group of players: why did Ghana select Rahim Ayew and not consider David Addy a natural left back? Why take Lee Addy when Francis Dickoh is more experienced and has played at a higher level...
Frankly I am looking forward to your last game at the world cup against Germany... bet it will be another 6-1 defeat.
Posted by Poku Freda on 06/05/2010
This match was a good test for the players. Considering the 1st half , I wasnt impressed with the so called senior players who were just there , not even trying to attack but compared to the 2nd half , even though we conceded 3 goals, the new players were really active on the pitch. Milo should make the wise choice for this world cup and put up the good combination!!! One thing for sure , there should be no egocentrism on the pitch , we are One whether old or young. And am sure This new set of Black stars will excel!!
Posted by kikus on 06/15/2010
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Posted by kikus on 06/15/2010
может у кого нить есть ещё информация по этому поводу??