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Re-LIVE - Asante Kotoko 2-0 Hearts of Oak - Friendly match

Published on: 26 August 2018

Follow the LIVE play-by-play of the epic friendly Super Clash between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on GHANAsoccernet.com 

Hello good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the highly anticipated clash between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

This is will be the first match between the two sides in the wake of the Anas Number12 documentary which revealed rot in Ghana football.

Hearts starting XI 

1)Sowah 2)Fataw 3)Denkyi 4)Robert Addo 5)Agyare 6)Mallick 7)Razark 8)Samudeen 9)Obeng junior 10)Esso 11)Isaac Mensah

Asante Kotoko starting XI

Osei Kwame Amos Frimpong Augustine Sefa Agyemang Badu Wahab Adams Jordan Opoku Prince Acquah Micheal Yeboah Richard Senanu Obed Owusu Songne Yacouba

Referee Maxwell Hanson has blown his whistle for the start of the of the match.

01' - Hearts of Oak kickoff the game. They are passing the ball nicely amongst themselves.

02' - The game is temporary held up following injury to Yacouba Sylla.

03' - Play has resumed and Kotoko are keeping their passes tidy as Hearts of Oak struggle to get hold of their opponents.

05' - Throw against Asante Kotoko.

07' Kotoko nearly opened the scoring through Sogne Yacouba but goalkeeper Ernest Sowah dived well to parry the ball to corner.

10' - Asante Kotoko are looking increasingly confident as they batter their opponents from all angles.

15' - Hearts of Oak have regained possession but only in their half as they Kotoko are keeping them at bay.

16' - The game is currently on a brief break following an altercation between two Porcupine players.

17' -  Asante Kotoko are living dangerously as Hearts of Oak press them in their own half. Corner to the Phobians.

19 - Patrick Razak looks like a man on a mission as his marauding runs is creating problems for their opponents.

21' - Substitution for Hearts as Selassie Bakai replaces Joseph Esso who looks to have picked a slight injury.

22' - Kotoko nearly broke the deadlock as Jordan Opoku was placed through on goal but a poor first touch allowed the defenders of the Phobians to recover well. It's a corner for Kotoko.

23' - Kotoko are piling more pressure on their opponents as they get another corner kick but the Porcupine Warriors fail to make it count.

26' - Hearts have come in the game strongly, they are making incursions but their attack has been thwarted by the hosts.

27' - The match has been temporary held up as Patrick Razak and Wahab Adams as both players lying on the deck.

29' - Ernest Sowah plays a long goal kick into the area of Asante Kotoko, the ball gets to Patrick Razak who released a fierce shot but it was thwarted by the host. The ball goes to corner.

30' -  Hearts of Oak are passing the ball intricately and looked more composed in possession.

31' - Hearts of Oak have a free kick at an advantageous position...can they make it count?

37' - Asante Kotoko have come into the match very well as they connect their passes together beautifully.

39' - Kotoko nearly opened the scoring but Sogne Ycouba indecisiveness in front of goal costs the Porcupine Warriors. That was a poor kick from the Burkinabe.

39' - Free-kick to Hearts of Oak. Malik Akowuah is standing behind the ball, can he shoot the Accra-based giants to the lead?

40' - Referee Hanson whistles for an infringement for Kotoko at the centre circle.

41' -  GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Sogne Yacouba puts Asante Kotoko ahead with a fantastic close range strike.

43' - Hearts of Oak are not showing any kind of despair as they push for the equalizer.

45' - The game has been held up after Patrick Razak was adjudged to have stamped goalkeeper Osei Kwame. The former Inter Allies custodian is wailing on the deck.

Referee Maxwell Hanson has brought the first half to a close. It's Asante Kotoko who will go to recess on a high following Sogne Yacouba's solitary strike.

Welcome to the second stanza of the match as the two are on the field ready for action.

Referee Hanson blows his whistle for the start of the second half

45' - Hearts of Oak are putting their passes together neatly but they are not being given the chance for penetrate their opponents.

47' - Hearts of Oak are on the back foot as Kotoko look more relax in possession.

49' - Sogne Yacouba is wailing on the deck following a challenge from Malik Akowuah.

50' - Play has been temporary held up following the injury to the Burkinabe.

53- Hearts of Oak have regained possession and pushing for the equalizer but the Phobians are failing to create any clear cut goal scoring opportunity.

57' - Yellow card for Sogne Yacouba.

58' - Hearts are pushing for the parity but Kotoko are keeping it tidy at the back.

60' - Red card for Hearts of Oak as Robert Addo walks off the field following a reckless challenge on Sogne Yacouba. It was the youngster's second bookable offense.

62' - GOAAAAAAAAAAAL - Sogne Yacouba makes it 2-0 for Asante Kotoko. The Burkinabe forward is on fire.

64' - Asante Kotoko are looking like the real deal this afternoon as they batter their rivals on all fronts.

73' - Hearts of Oak are making host of changes but they are failing to make it count as the Porcupine Warriors looks assured in defence.

75' - The game has been temporary held up as Isaac Mensah is being attended to by the medical staff of Hearts of Oak.

77' Camara Nguessama, who replaced Samudeen Ibrahim is pulling the strings for the Phobians now. He is causing the Porcupine Warriors all sorts of problems.

79' - Sogne Yacouba is continuing to give the Phobians headache with his sleek display.

80' - Kotoko have a corner, can they extend their lead over their rivals?

81' - Yellow card for Agyemang Badu for cynical tackle on Malik Akowuah.

82' - Kotoko nearly extended their advantage but Amos Frimpong plays his short over the bar.

82' - Yacouba fails to add to his tally after failing to beat substitute goalkeeper Ben Mensah in a one on one situation.

85' - Kotoko looks like adding to their tally but the ball was blocked. It's a corner kick for Kotoko.

88' - Freekick to Hearts of Oak, can they reduce the deficit. Oh no... Malik Akowuah's blasts his shot wide.

90' - Hearts of Oak are pushing for a face saving goal but the defence of Asante Kotoko looks resolute.

Referee Maxwell Hanson has brought the whole game to a close. It's Kotoko 2-0 Hearts of Oak.

The two teams will battle it out again next week at the same venue.

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