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Ghanaian Players in the UEFA Champions League: Matchday 2


By Owusu Ansah Doe

A handful of Ghanaian players featured in Europe's elite club competition, the UEFA Champions League, on Tuesday and Wednesday night for their various clubs. It surely was not a night to remember for most of them. Agoronet.com takes a look at what transpired.



On Tuesday night, Kevin-Prince Boateng lasted the entire game for FC Schalke 04 as they travelled to defeat FC Basel by a lone goal in Switzerland, goal scored by Julian Draxler. Boateng had a fairly flat performance, a sharp contrast to his pedigree in the competition.

Andre Ayew played the full 90 minutes and was full of energy but his Marseille side were crushed in Germany by Borussia Dortmund with 3 unanswered goals. His younger brother, Jordan Ayew replaced Matthieu Valbuena in the 81st minute and made no impact on the game.

Sulley Ali Muntari lasted the full duration as Mario Balotelli converted a late penalty to see AC Milan settle for a one-all drawn game away to Ajax Amsterdam. Muntari was lucky not to be booked for a nasty rake on Moisander's left heel in the second half.

Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong was not on the team sheet for Arsenal as they beat Napoli 2-0 at home.



Elsewhere, Kwadwo Asamoah's Juventus were held by Galatassary in Italy. Umut Bulut and Didier Drogba denied the Italian Champions of a victory as they settled for a 2-2 drawn game.

Kwadwo Asamoah caused Albert Riera loads of problems with his pace and strength, but was indecisive on a few occasions with his final delivery.

Frank Acheampong's 16-minute cameo in the second half, could do nothing to stop Konstantinos Mitroglou's hattrick for the visitors, Olympiakos, as they brushed RSC Anderlecht aside ruthlessly.

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