Super Clash: Kotoko and Hearts match ends in a Stalemate

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Match Report: Kotoko and Hearts share spoils in a goalless Super Clash
Benjamin Afutu challenges Emmanuel Gyamfi for the ball

Asante Kotoko determined the pace of the game in the early minutes of the match and won a penalty which could have been the winner but Hearts of Oak goalkeeper, Richard Attah was equal to the task to save Kwame Opoku’s spot-kick on the 3rd minute.

As a result, Hearts were motivated from that save and found their rhythm, stringing passes together in the midfield which made it difficult for their opponents who couldn’t find an antidote to the mojo.

On the 16th minute Ganiu received the first yellow card after impeding Patrick Razak but the resultant freekick was poorly taken. A teasing cross from Fatawu into the box found Kwadwo Obeng Jnr who failed to connect the ball in to the net on the 20th minute.

On the 33rd minute, Latif Anabila sent a fine pass into the box but that glorious opportunity was wasted by Guinean international, Naby Keita. Hearts with total dominance, on the 40th minute, Patrick Razak took a solo run with the ball into the 18-yard box going for the first goal but Razak Abalora will.leave no stone unturned as dealt with the situation.

Hearts of Oak in the second half again showed to be the more determined side to win the super clash as Patrick Razak comes close again only to blast the ball way off-target.

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Richard Attah is now called again to duty as Kotoko for the first time in the game pulled some sleek passing game to set up Naby Keita whose powerful shot went straight to the goalkeeper who picked the ball for a second time.

Congolese import, Rady Ovouka received the second yellow card of the game but the first for Hearts in the 56th minute after impeding Christopher Nettey on the flanks.

Hearts of Oak effected the first substitution of the game in the 57th minute as Isaac Mensah came on to replace Kwadwo Obeng Jnr who had become a pale shadow of himself in the game. Kotoko responded quickly to bring on Kwame Adom Frimpong to replace the insipid Emmanuel Sarkodie for a poor showing.

Coach Johnson Smith, introduced Mudasiru Salifu to replace Naby Keita in the 61st minute. Richard Attah was up to the task after he pulled another save from Kotoko captain, Emmanuel Gyamfi who managed a feeble shot after a solo run on the 65th minute.

Michelle Sarpong came in to replace Victor Aidoo in the 69th minute. Isaac Mensah won a penalty and after Razak Abalora brought him down but his poorly taken penalty was saved by the black stars goalkeeper in the 71st minute.

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Emmanuel Gyamfi was replaced by Patrick Asmah in the 83rd minute who returned from injury as he managed to send a long searching pass to Kwame Opoku, beating two markers but his thunderbolt strike hit the woodwork in the 85th minute.

Brazilian import, Fabio Gama went into the referee’s book in the 90th minute for complaining over nothing after he failed to put the ball at the back of the net with a fine opportunity.

The game ended in a goalless draw with Hearts of Oak being the wasteful side who failed to carry the day after putting up a spirited performance led by their Under-15 Coach, Samuel Nii Noi.

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