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2014 World Cup: Ghana striker Richmond Boakye hands Elche win in La Liga

Published on: 06 April 2014
Richmond Boakye-Yiadom scored the only goal for Elche in their win over Getafe.

Ghana striker Richmond Boakye struck with the final kick of the match to earn Elche a vital victory over fellow Primera Division strugglers Getafe.

After 92 goalless minutes, the on-loan Juventus striker, who came off the bench, made it 1-0 by heading in Carles Gil's cross.

The victory put four points between the two teams, easing Elche's fears but leaving Getafe looking very nervously over their shoulders.

Although Elche enjoyed more of the play, Getafe will feel they had the better of the chances.

Elche's Cristian Herrera was the first to threaten in the seventh minute with a shot past the post but Getafe came very close to scoring five minutes later when Angel Lafita's long-range effort struck the frame of the goal.

Pedro Leon seized on the loose ball and his shot was pushed round the post by keeper Manu Herrera.

After a quieter period, Cristian Herrera tried an overhead kick that flew wide, while at the other end Ciprian Marica also shot off target.

Cristian Herrera was definitely the man most-likely-to for the hosts but he was frustrated again in the 33rd minute when his shot was saved by Jordi Codina.

Gil had the first effort of the second half in the 58th minute but his shot was comfortable for Codina.

Getafe had a decent opening moments later but Marica headed Leon's free-kick wide.

Both managers made changes, with Boakye replacing Herrera in the 73rd minute, but time was running out.

Manu Herrera made a vital save in the 88th minute from half-time substitute Diego Castro and it was Elche and Boakye who had the final say.

Boakye is fighting hard to push for a call-up in Ghana's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Dr Who says:
    April 07, 2014 02:24 am
    its good that our strikers are the striking department,parts from Gyan and Waris,Richmond is our next hope.
  • Pinkus says:
    April 06, 2014 10:12 pm
    This is not enough guarantee for a world cup call up. One goal in twenty matches is not good enough. I think Assifuah is a better candidate for the world cup.
  • A concernedcitizen says:
    April 06, 2014 07:19 pm
    Yes, i endorse him for the World cup 2014 in Brazil
  • ghana says:
    April 06, 2014 07:44 pm
    lol, ghanafo) nono, the moment someone scores a goal n)) the person has to go to WC. some of you are just not analytical. Anyways the coach cannot send 4 strikers so you know what that means. he might be good but he sure got competitors which would make it hard for him to get a spot. A.Gyan, Waris and Jordan are alldoing marvelously well. he should continuing working hard and maybe he would be in the squad in the next 4yrs.
  • Abraham Wilson says:
    April 06, 2014 07:12 pm
    a certainty for the world cup..... Ghana should do well with him... what amazes me about him is his ability to score decisive goals
  • dennis says:
    April 06, 2014 06:51 pm
    too late for worldcup call up. next 4years maybe. until then it is asamoah gyan, waris and jordan. based on their outstanding performance lately, boakye definately stands no chance.