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Ghana striker Majeed Waris scores classic winner for Valenciennes in France

Published on: 09 February 2014
Waris is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winner

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris struck the winner two minutes from time as Valenciennes earned a morale-boosting win over Nice to keep their survival hopes alive in the French top-flight.

Tongo Doumbia had put Valenciennes ahead after 26 minutes but it seemed they would have to settle for a point after Neal Maupay levelled in the 75th minute.

However, Majeed's late goal gave the hosts only their fourth win of the season, putting them within four points of safety.

Prior to kick-off the form book clearly pointed to a Nice win, with the visitors - 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture - in good form having won four of their last six while Valenciennes were coming off the back of two consecutive losses.

But it quickly became apparent that Valenciennes posed significant dangers as David Ospina was forced into early saves from Maor Melikson's clever chip before turning away a low drive from Gregory Pujol.

The hosts led midway through the first half when Majeed led a swift counter-attack, picking out Doumbia to head the ball beyond the reach of Ospina.

They almost doubled their lead three minutes before half-time when David Ducourtioux advanced down the right and then found Doumbia, but Romain Genevois made a vital intervention.

The hosts continued to dominate in the second half, and wasted a fine chance just two minutes after the restart when Carl Medjani could not get his header on target having been left unmarked to meet Melikson's free-kick.

Ospina then kept out a Pujol header before reaching to push clear Rudy Mater's long-range free-kick.

It was entirely against the run of play that Nice levelled when Christian Bruls teed up Maupay to finish clinically.

But Valenciennes had the final word when Majeed cut in from the left before powering a shot beyond Ospina to earn a potentially vital win.

The move started when Romain Genevois was robbed by David Ducourtioux who fed Waris - in full flight, the Ghanaian deftly stepped inside Mathieu Bodmer before smashing a shot beyond Ospina to spark delirium at the Stade du Hainaut.


  • hamzy says:
    February 09, 2014 06:07 pm
    Are you guys coaches or, why can't you live Kwesi Appiah to do he's job for God sake
  • Nana says:
    February 09, 2014 04:27 pm
    WARIS ,BADU AND and Atsu guys shouldn't start , it's always better when they come especially when the opponents look tired or when we lead so they can run the clock and put more goals, so I would suggest they come in @ 2nd half
  • Jaja says:
    February 09, 2014 12:36 pm
    Good formation, Essien can play as a right-back in which he excels. He played a whole season there with Real Madrid, even in CL. But Muntari should start instead of Badu.
  • Troy says:
    February 09, 2014 10:01 pm
    @Hamzy, who's doing Akwasi Appiahs job for him right now? Do u know wat we call Forum discussion? Do u have to be a coach to discuss/tAlk football?
  • johnny says:
    February 10, 2014 04:57 am
    Gyan-Waris pair to be kept, please. Boatieng plays behind them. We are gonna have to bag in goals.
  • Royal says:
    February 25, 2014 12:23 am
  • smokey says:
    February 09, 2014 10:45 am
    @troy playing 4-4-2 against weaker teams is all well and good but against a good team playing 5 in midfield you will get found out the Arsenal v Spurs game from last month been a prime example rookie coach Tim Sherwood tried it and his team were over ran in midfield and were chasing shadows the entire game its not a dis towards Waris its just how I see things
  • bobo says:
    February 09, 2014 09:58 am
    Boateng has to play as a defensive middfilder as he do it at Schalke now. -----------Boateng------------ --Ayew-- Badu--- Kojo Asamoah ------------Waris----gyan-------- Thats it! Maybe Change Badu with Kevin. Essien in the Bench except he will get a better form as now!
  • Troy says:
    February 09, 2014 09:34 am
    @Smoker, stop deceiving yourself Waris will never sit on the bench for Kevin to play. You think any coach will just alter Gyan and Waris partnership? It won't happen for kevin not when Kevin and Gyan has already played together and we all saw how the two fared together@wc2010.
  • johnny says:
    February 09, 2014 05:34 am
    Whatever formation Ghana uses, Waris must be in there, pairing with Gyan. The Gyan-Waris combo is very potent upfront.
  • smokey says:
    February 09, 2014 04:14 am
    Great form from Waris the loan move is working out well for him but I think we will play 4-5-1 at the WC with Waris making way for KPB
  • boro says:
    February 09, 2014 01:07 am
    Five games, 2goals, 2assists. Please, you are Ghana's hope so keep pushing to stay in top form before the world cup.
  • The Cockerel says:
    February 09, 2014 04:01 pm
    I've watched Agyemang Badu in the last 3 weeks in both Serie A and Coppa Italia matches and the kid is in very good form right now for Udinese. He plays a holding midfield role and is the point man in their spectacularly sharp counter attacks when they break down the opposition's attack. He looks very very sharp, both in instigating the counterattacks and joining in when the counterattack is underway. He does very well with assists and he has that booming right foot which allows for 20-30 yard pile drivers. He's not afraid to get into the box and score either. It is great to see a lot of our Black Star regulars getting playing time and showing good form as well. It augurs well for the World Cup. Let's hope they keep it up.
  • anokwale says:
    February 09, 2014 01:02 pm
    Warris has to start. If Kevin starts he would have to push out someone in the midfield. Probably Essien.