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MATCH REPORT: USA 4-0 Ghana – Ghana suffer heavy defeat to USA in friendly

A brace from Giovanni Reyna with one each from Christian Pulisic and Florin Balogun gave the Americans a 4-0 first half win at the GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday morning

Ghana coach Chris Hughton faced his second and heaviest defeat as head coach of the Black Stars falling 4-0 to USA in an international friendly.

A brace from Giovanni Reyna with one each from Christian Pulisic and Florin Balogun gave the Americans a 4-0 first half win at the GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday morning.

Coach Chris Hughton of Ghana made a few changes to the starting line-up for the match against Mexico: Jerome Opoku made his debut while custodian Abdul Manaf Nurudeen started in place of Lawrence Ati Zigi.

After 10 minutes, Reyna broke the deadlock for the United States thanks to a swift play on the right that resulted in a cross that Opoku failed to properly clear.

Eight minutes later, AC Milan winger Pulisic sent Nurudeen the wrong way to increase the United States’ lead from the penalty spot.

After Timothy Weah forced an error from Opoku and discovered Balogun, who made no mistakes in the box, things became even worse for the Blacks.

Reyna scored the fourth goal for the US shortly before halftime off an indirect freekick in the box.

Following the interval, Hughton made a few substitutions to bolster Ghana’s team: Salis Abdul Samed replaced Thomas Partey and Kingsley Schlinder took Gideon Mensah’s place.

Mohammed Kudus made the lone attempt for the Black Stars, saving a superb shot from Matt Turner.

Next month, the Black Stars will play their first match against Madagascar in the 2026 World Cup qualifying tournament.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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