Christian Pulisic played the first 45 minutes of the USA’s 4-1 friendly win over Jamaica in Austria. From his place on the left-wing, his movement was responsible for creating the space for full-back Serginio Dest to surge forward and open the scoring, before Pulisic was withdrawn at the break with his side leading 1-0.
Baba Rahman helped Ghana secure their place at January’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament by earning a vital point away against South Africa.
At kick-off of this penultimate fixture, those two teams and Sudan were all joint-top of their qualification group on nine points. Baba played the full match for Ghana as they sent themselves three-points clear, opening the scoring four minutes before half-time.
They conceded an almost immediate equaliser, but the 1-1 draw suited the Black Stars far better than their opponents, as the fact South Africa and Sudan meet in their final games mean Ghana are guaranteed to finish at least second regardless of their result against Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday.
Baba will now set his sights on making Ghana’s squad for the delayed Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which will be held in Cameroon at the start of next year.