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Partey hat-trick helps Ghana thrash Congo

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey scored a hat-trick as Ghana hammered Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville Tuesday to keep alive their slim 2018 World Cup qualification hopes.

Serbia-based Richmond Boakye bagged a brace as the Black Stars achieved their biggest away winning margin in an eliminator since a 4-0 triumph over Cape Verde 12 years ago.

Vladis-Emmerson Illoy-Ayyet scored for Congo, who entered the Group E match at Stade Kintele confident of success after holding Ghana 1-1 in Kumasi last Friday.

The crucial goal came two minutes into first-half stoppage time when Partey ran on to a pass and rifled a right-foot shot past goalkeeper Barel Mouko from a tight angle.

It gave Ghana a 3-1 half-time advantage and the lead was rarely threatened in the second half as Congo slumped to a record home defeat in a World Cup qualifier.

Ghana coasted to maximum points despite lacking two injured stalwarts, West Ham United midfielder Andre Ayew and Turkey-based striker Asamoah Gyan.

World Cup Africa zone state of play
Contenders and eliminated teams after matchday 4 of World Cup qualifying in Africa:

Group A

Contenders: Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo

Eliminated: Guinea, Libya

Group B

Contenders: Nigeria, Zambia

Eliminated: Cameroon, Algeria

Group C

Contenders: Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gabon, Mali

Group D

Contenders: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Senegal, South Africa

Group E

Contenders: Egypt, Uganda, Ghana

Eliminated: Congo Brazzaville

Note: group winners qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia

 

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