Kirin Challenge Cup : 9-man Black Stars beat Chile to 3rd place

Goalkeeper Manaf Nurudeen was impressive in Suita City Stadium as he saved 3 three of Chiles’s penalties to help a nine-man Ghana squad win 3-1 on penalties after 0-0 of 90 minutes to clinch third place.

The Black Stars recovered from their semi-final 4-1 defeat against Japan to upset Chile 3-1 on penalties at the Panasonic Stadium in Suita – Osaka on Tuesday.

Defender Alidu Seidu and midfielder Mubarak Wakaso were shown the red card in the 67th and 78th minute respectively but the Black Stars demonstrated that they were no easy pushovers as they held the South American side to a 0-0 draw at full time and eventually winning on penalties despite their numerical disadvantage to place third of the 2022 Kirin Challenge Cup.

The Black Stars had gained confidence and began to control affairs at the initial stages and right after restart but that tempo was halted by a red card to Alidu Seidu. The right rushed into a high tackle into the lower abdomen of Galdames Milan. The initial punishment was a yellow card but later changed to a
straight red card after a VAR review.
The setback didn’t lasted for only 10 minutes as Mubarak Wakaso was also sent off by the referee.

Ghana goalkeeper Manaf Nurudeen saved two kicks from Tomas Jesus Alarcon and Brereton Diaz
Benjamin while Mohammed Kudus and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku netted for Ghana.
Chile captain Gary Medel blasted wide as the referee blew his whistle for the end of the shootouts.

In the final game of the four nation tournament , Tunisia beat hosts Japan 3-0 to lift the 2022 Kirin Cup.

Ghana, Tunisia and Japan are using the tournament to prepare for the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar in November.

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