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Ghana Fails to Finish, Deposed by Italy

The Financial Times wasn't particularly impressed by Italy's 2-0 victory over the Ghanaians yesterday. The world-renowned business journal said Ghana made Italy work hard for their dinner and came close to beating Gianluigi Buffon on several occasions. Michael Essien, Africa's most expensive player, was particularly busy, causing all kinds of trouble for the Italians in the center of the fieldand producing a great deal more offense than he normally does for Chelsea, the club that paid $43 million for him last summer. However, Italy proved to be very dangerous on the breakthey could have scored four or five goals in the last 20 minutes but for some overzealous running off the ball. African teams have put in some surprising performances - even though all four African teams making their World Cup debuts have lost. Ivory Coast was unlucky not to eke out a draw with Argentina, Angola looked solid in its 1-0 defeat to Portugal, and today, Togo looked likely to beat South Korea today until its central defender was sent off early in the second half. Ghana played with high-energy, raucous support, and a brilliant central midfield, but like its brethren, was unable to finish.

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