World Cup Qualifying - African - 2nd Leg
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Ghana win on away goals

World Cup 2022: Ghana head to Qatar after draw with Nigeria

By Oluwashina OkelejiSports Writer, Nigeria
Ghana players celebrate qualification for the World Cup
Ghana missed out on the 2018 World Cup and suffered a group-stage exit at this year's Nations Cup

Ghana became the first African nation to reach the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after forcing their arch-rivals Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in Abuja, to qualify on the away goals rule.

However, there were ugly scenes at full-time as angry Super Eagles fans peppered Ghana's players and staff with water bottles thrown from the stands as they left the pitch.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey gave the Black Stars a shock lead against the run of play in the 10th minute, before Watford defender William Trost-Ekong levelled from the penalty spot 12 minutes later after Ademola Lookman was fouled.

Ghana coach Otto Addo's game management was spot on as his team kept a defensive shape to earn a fourth appearance at the global showpiece.

Partey's early strike and goalkeeper Francis Uzoho's error helped Ghana advance to the finals on the away goals rule after the first leg finished goalless on Friday.

The Black Stars had missed out on Russia 2018, and their qualification denied Nigeria a fourth successive outing at the World Cup finals.

Rare threats

After conceding a penalty for the Super Eagles' equaliser, Ghana defended for much of the 90 minutes and rarely threatened the hosts.

Nigeria thought they had scored a second when Victor Osimhen went past Jojo Wollacott and slotted home, but the video assistant referee correctly ruled he was offside in the build-up to the goal.

Joe Aribo, Emmanuel Dennis and Lookman were all presented with opportunities but failed to punish Ghana. Leicester City's Daniel Amartey provided solid cover for the Black Stars' defence as they stayed disciplined at the back.

Dennis headed wide for the home side in the second half and Osimhen sent two acrobatic attempts past the post, but it was largely comfortable for Ghana in the closing stages as they held on to reach Qatar.

Crowd disturbances mar Ghana's progress

Analysis by BBC Sport Africa's Piers Edwards at MKO National Stadium, Abuja

Nigerian fans acted with anger and unrestrained frustration as violence overshadowed the Super Eagles' World Cup exit.

Local spectators peppered both the Ghana fans, some 100 or so, and the Black Stars players with water bottles - forcing the latter to cower and cover their heads as they battled their way down the tunnel following a mass pitch invasion.

The ugly scenes - with police hitting out at fans with batons - were allowed to continue by local security for around five minutes or so, and were only briefly interrupted when tear gas was thrown on to the pitch.

By that stage, a dugout had been overturned and smashed up as the unwanted-but-familiar side of football violence reared its ugly head.

Ghanaian supporters making their way from the stadium expressed their disbelief and dismay at their treatment, while football's world governing body Fifa will take a dim view of scenes which require considerable explaining from both Nigerian security and football officials.

Damage at the MKO National Stadium in Abuja

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 29th March 2022

As It Stood

A

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1Algeria64202542114
2Burkina Faso6330124812
3Niger62131317-47
4Djibouti6006429-250

B

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1Tunisia6411112913
2Equatorial Guinea632165111
3Zambia621389-17
4Mauritania6024211-92

C

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1Nigeria641193613
2Cape Verde632186211
3Liberia620458-36
4Central African Republic611449-54

D

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1Cameroon6501123915
2Ivory Coast6411103713
3Mozambique611428-64
4Malawi6105212-103

E

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1Mali65101101116
2Uganda62313219
3Kenya613249-56
4Rwanda601529-71

F

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1Egypt6420104614
2Gabon621378-17
3Libya621347-37
4Angola612368-25

G

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1Ghana641173413
2South Africa641162413
3Ethiopia612347-35
4Zimbabwe602427-52

H

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1Senegal65101541116
2Togo622256-18
3Namibia6123510-55
4Congo6033510-53

I

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1Morocco66002011918
2Guinea-Bissau6132511-66
3Guinea6042511-64
4Sudan6033512-73

J

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1DR Congo632193611
2Benin631254110
3Tanzania622268-28
4Madagascar611449-54
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