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Partey on a hat trick as Ghana revive WC dreams in Congo

Africa Focus By: Ambrose Udeme | 05/09/2017

Partey on a hat trick as Ghana revive WC dreams in Congo

Ghana staged a dramatic display at the Stade de l’Unité in Brazzaville on Tuesday as Thomas Partey grabbed an amazing hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Congo to put their World Cup dreams back on track.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder scored from close range, curled the third and rattled his first international career goal for the fourth goal as the West African giants put a brave Congolese side to the sword.

Real Star Belgrade striker, Richmond Boakye Yiadom, who replaced captain Asamoah Gyan grabbed a brace on his return to the national team.

Yiadom poked home the opener on 22 minutes after some pinball in the penalty area connecting from close range before Partey increased the tally.

An unmarked Lloyd Ayet headed home to reduce the deficit before Thomas Partey restored the two-goal lead to end the first half.

The Black Stars returned for the second stanza brimmed with confidence but the Congolese tested goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who produced three top class saves to deny the home side.

Atleti midfielder Thomas Partey picked up on a loose ball, prodded it forward and fired to give Ghana an unassailable 4-1 lead before Richmond Boakye-Yiadom grabbed his brace with a cool finish five minutes from time.