Ghana moved to second position in Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 2-0 away win over Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Two first-half goals from Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew were all what Kwesi Appiah's men needed to silence the home fans and improve their chances of qualification.
The 26-year-old, who was making a return to international duties after a year away, capitalised on a terrible offside trap set by Ethiopia's defence by the third minute to slot in the opener -- his 13th career goal for the Black Stars -- before doubling the advantage 23 minutes later through penalty.
However, Ethiopia dominated the second half leaving many to worry if the Black Stars would be able to defeat Kenya at home in the final game to book their place in the Afcon finals.
Goal samples some reactions on social media:
5-1 away in Congo— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) November 18, 2018
2-0 win over Japan
2-2 versus Iceland
0-1 loss to Kenya
2-0 win in Ethiopia.
The Black Stars have largely enjoyed their travels in the last year
Ethiopia 🇪🇹 0-2 Ghana 🇬🇭. Not a convincing performance from the Black Stars, but like the Queens yesterday, a win goes a long way. The brace will do a lot of good to Jordan Ayew’s confidence going forward #AFCON2019Q— Fiifi Anaman (@fiifianaman) November 18, 2018
When the Blackstars lose,we weep. When they win,we chill....I LOVE THIS GAME.— Micky Charles (@mickycharles1) November 18, 2018
Ethiopia 0-2 Ghana
Jordan Ayew Brace https://t.co/JANmyFbjt4
Good win for the #BlackStars in Addis Ababa, peeps watching won’t understand why the 2nd half wasn’t too good for #Ghana. The weather was terrible and the players were really feeling it. They really tried and we have to congratulate them. @jordan_ayew9 👍🏻🔥— Benedict Owusu (@KwesiBenedict) November 18, 2018
2 nil to Ghana 🇬🇭! Go Black Stars! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾— Lucy Quist (@LucyQuist) November 18, 2018
Ghana undoubtedly has great footballing talent. The last few weeks are a testament to that - both women and men keep winning.
We just need great leadership & business models to support them over the long run and they will shine! pic.twitter.com/3oWozFosVm
Any good side is going to destroy this our blackstars— Crown Prince (@Twinsena) November 18, 2018
@OtiAdjei @addoj @SaddickAdams African Football is being inherently let down down by Sub standard pitches which takes away the the quality of play and the spectacle of the moment. How our football administrators can't seem to grasp this fundamental flaw is beguiling .— alugi ken thompson (@alluggi) November 18, 2018