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Ayew shines in Ghana win

Miami: Ghana substitute Jordan Ayew grabbed a hat-trick to stake his claim for a starting place in a convincing 4-0 win over a sloppy South Korea side in their final World Cup warm-up, on Monday.

World Cup quarter finalists in 2010, Ghana scored twice in the first half through Ayew and Asamoah Gyan before the former grabbed two more in the second half for the Black Stars.

Kwesi Appiah’s Ghana are in one of the toughest sections in Brazil with a June 16 opener against the US before they play European powerhouse Germany and Portugal in Group G.

“I don’t look at the scoreline but how we played individually and as a team,” said Ghana coach Appiah. “We took our chances. Korea attacked well but you have to be cautious at the back.

“If my team had lost by four goals it would maybe help me to look at the mistakes and correct them before the World Cup.”

Ghana lost forward Majeed Waris with a thigh injury in the fourth minute after a fierce challenge by Ki Sung Yueng, who was booked, allowing the 22-year-old Ayew to be introduced from the bench.

The substitute did not take long to make an impact as he gave Ghana the lead in the 11th minute with a deflected right-foot shot that looped over goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong off Ki.

Ayew’s older brother Andre had set up the chance by feeding him the ball on the edge of the area at the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium which was filled with only a few thousand fans. (Reuters)