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2014 World Cup: Ghana winger Atsu misses from the spot as Vitesse Arnhem suffer shipwreck in Europa Play-offs opener

Published on: 08 May 2014
Christian Atsu, front with the ball, missed a penalty on Thursday evening while in action for Vitesse Arnhem against Groningen

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson 

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Black Stars winger Christian Atsu wasted an early minute penalty and his Vitesse Arnhem side slumped to a painful 1-0 loss against in-form Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie Uefa Europa League Play-offs on Thursday evening.

Vitesse were presented with an inviting 13th minute chance to go in front at the Euroborg Stadion but when the Ghana international stepped up to convert the kick, he horrendously missed leaving the game open for the host who took advantage to win the tie.

Neither of the sides was able to take the lead after Atsu penalty miss until the 88th minute when Lorenzo Burnet hammered home from close range to seal victory for Groningen in the first-leg.

Dutch-born Ghanaian defender Johan Kappelhof lasted the entire duration of the match and was rated 6/10, same with Atsu who also earned the same rating by Euro Sport.

However, Atsu's hopes of qualifying Vitesse for next season's Europa League has not been dashed yet as the second leg of the tie is billed for Saturday at the GelreDome.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Edem says:
    May 08, 2014 08:21 am
    Well said. The blackstars history with penalties means lots of focus will be on that at camp. Would be good to see more Ghanaians playing in Europa or CL next season.
  • Viper says:
    May 08, 2014 09:40 am
    We now have some good penalty takers in the team,Wakaso,Asamoah Gyan,Dede,Agyeman Badu with Essien and Muntari,you will imagine they are experienced enough to bury the ball from the spot,KPB might not be bad either likewise Afful.So hopefully if it comes to penalties,they will be able to step up.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    May 08, 2014 06:40 am
    With penalties you have to practice and practice! These misses are lessons to prepare against.
  • OGENENANA says:
    May 08, 2014 06:55 pm
    Ghanaians are good penalty takers butt when pressure comes they always mees up Atsu is the penalty taker for Vitesse he scored 2 this season and now he misses in an important match Gyan one of the best penalty takers in the world missed two important penalties against Zambia and Uruguay and have you noticed that he has never missed a penalty for Al Ain because there is no pressure there Wakaso was scoring penalties in the last AFCON wich almost made him top-scorer but missed a important penalty in the 3th place match against mali ghana lost two important shoot outs against Burkina and Uruguay our local team lost the CHAN finals on penalties our U20 lost the AFCON finals on penalties our last big win on penalties was the U20 World Cup final against Brazil and that was only because of Daniel Agyei but for the rest we have been horrible they have to learn how to take penalties under pressure we have good penalty takers