The Golden Eagles of Russia beat the Black Stars of Ghana 1-0 in an international friendly in Moscow Tuesday.
The only goal of the game was scored in the 20th minute of the first half by Fedor Smolov. The defeat is Ghana’s first in 2016.
Black Stars coach, Avram Grant named a strong starting line-up against the Russians with Norway-based goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey in the post for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana’s starting XI vs. Russia: Adam Kwarasey - Harrison Afful, Baba Abdul Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah - Wakasu Mubarak, Christian Atsu, Afriyie Acquah, Thomas Partey - Jordan Ayew, Frank Acheampong.
The Black Stars played out a 1-1 draw in their last AFCON qualifier on Saturday again Rwanda in Accra.