Hearts of Oak slipped further to the relegation zone as they were dealt a 2-1 defeat by arch rivals Asante Kotoko on Sunday in Accra.

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The champions had it all to do after suffering an armed robbery attack in the morning of the game.

The club’s management however managed to motivate their players to go ahead with the game and to even secure the deserved result against the Phobians.

Kotoko were the quickest off the blocks as they created some chances in the opening minutes of the game.

Talented Dauda Mohammed was causing all the problems for the Phobians with his silky skills.

It was one of the forward’s ingenuity that saw Frank Sarfo Gyamfi released on the far side and with a great opportunity to cross but Robin Gnagne was around to shepherd the ball to touch to ease the pressure.

Hearts however started to effect the game after 10 minutes with Foovi Aguidi and Kenneth Okoro linking well on top of the attack.

Okoro’s snap shot in the 12th minute almost caught Eric Ofori Antwi off guard but the Ghana U20 goalkeeper parried away well into touch.

The game was however turned on its head in the 17th minute when referee Yaw Ametepey awarded a doubtful penalty to Hearts after Isaac Oduro went down under a harmless challenge from goalkeeper Ofori Antwi.

The Kotoko players and fans didn’t take kindly to the decision leading to a temporal hold up as the fans threw missiles onto the pitch.

Calm was restored minutes later for captain Robin Gnagne to take the penalty for Hearts but the Ivorian’s strike was saved well by goalkeeper Antwi to perhaps serve as poetic justice.

Kotoko launched a quick counter attack to win a corner kick which was headed in by captain Amos Frimpong to give the visitors the lead after 25 minutes.

Hearts looked for a swift response from the restart of the game with Eric Kumi breaking free to feed Foovi Aguidi but Ahmed Adams was available to snuff out the threat.

Adams was minutes later booked for a rash challenge on Emmanuel Hayford.

But it was Kotoko that should have extended their lead eight minutes to recess after some good work from Dauda Mohammed to free up some space to send in a driven cross but Obed Owusu was not quick enough to make the vital connection.

Kotoko held onto the lead into recess leaving Hearts with all to do in the second half of the game.

The Phobians started the second period with intent as Kenneth Okoro fired a shot from the edge of the box just from the restart but the strike was always serving wide.

Hearts’ stand-in coach Eddie Ansah threw own the experienced Richard Yamoah for Emmanuel Hayford as he bid to study the midfield.

That change seemed to have worked as the Phobians began dominating the middle of the game.

Kotoko’s Dauda Mohammed was however having the game of his life as he kept on terrorizing the Hearts defence with his trickery.

Gilbert Fiamenyo was then introduced in the 53rd minute as Eddie Ansah clearly went in search for the all-important equalizer and they got it moments later through Musah Inusah.

The midfielder rose furthest to head in a floated ball in the 60th minute to give the Hearts fans something to cheer about.

Hearts all of the sudden looked rejuvenated as they went on to pile more pressure on the Kotoko defence for the go-ahead goal.

They were however pegged back instead as miscommunication between goalkeeper Tetteh Luggard and Robin Gnagne saw Dauda Mohammed sneak in behind to poke in what eventually was the winner with 10 minutes left to play.
Dauda celebrating the winning goal.



David Duncan throw his arms in despair the refereeing today has been awful. Throw in to Hearts
Hearts in sixes and sevens in defense. Owusu Jackson cannot capitalize on the confusion as he lifts a shot over with Luggard off line
Kumi with a chance to restore parity but he cannot get a firm contact
GOAL! 0-1 Kotoko. Kotoko win a corner kick. And they score from it courtesy Amos Frimpong
MISSED! Robin Gnange misses the spot kick for Hearts.
On the field the Kotoko players protest. Off it the fans are throwing objects. Ugly scenes here!
PENALTY! Hearts win a penalty after Oduro was slightly impeded in the box
Kotoko win a series of throw ins on the left side of attack, they are working the ball. Luggard saves a low shot
15 minutes in, the game scoreless so far. Both sides showing significant promise.
Okoro draws the first save of the game from Ofori Antwi.End to end stuff here
The Kumasi boys playing some great stuff so far. Would want to turn it into something substantial early on.
Kotoko player fouled. Michael Akuffo is teed up from the free kick but his chipped cross is slightly overhit
Hearts pass the ball round beautifully. Kotoko riposte and win a free kick on the left side of attack
Brilliant start from the Phobians. Foovi sets Oduro free in the channel; he cuts back but Okoro and Kumi miss the chance
KICK-OFF: Kenneth Okoro and Foovi Aguidi get the game underway
A minute silence is observed for National cyclist Samuel Anim who passed away yesterday, May his soul rest in perfect peace
The players are coming out of the tunnel. Kick-off is in a few minutes.
The Accra Mayor Alfred Vanderpuye is at the stadium to watch the Super Clash
Asante Kotoko XI: Antwi, Frimpong, Kusi, Adams, Anoonsin, Jackson, Gyamfi, Akuffu, Duada, Owusu, Donkor
Hearts of Oak XI : Luggard, Gnange, Bempah, Oduro, Musa, Laryea, Kumi, Aguidi, Hayford, Mensah, Okoro

Charles Taylor just entered the media tribune. Even the policemen want to have a chat.
Kotoko fans taunting the Phobians with chants of "relegation"

Here are some pictures of the entrances of both sides
The teams are out for the warm-up session. About 20 minutes away from kickoff.
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Mutawakilu and Luggard.Two goalkeepers Hearts fans don't fancy yet will have to trust today
Some unfortunate news for the Porcupine Warriors earlier today ahead of their clash with Hearts: 
Here are both sides arriving for the game. We are just over an hour away from kick-off!
Supporters of Kotoko have attached all seriousness to this game and have vowed to push out their Board and Management, should the team lose against Hearts of Oak.
The big boost for the Porcupine Warriors is the return of their leading top scorer Ahmed Toure, who has registered 10 league goals, after recovering from Malaria infection. .
Asante Kotoko are tied with Ashgold, who have won three away games, which is the best away performance in the ongoing Ghana Premier League

One hour 15 minutes to kick-off and numbers are not encouraging at all at the Accra Sports Stadium
The Phobians return to the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, after serving a one match home ban for violent conduct in their 1-2 defeat by Sekondi Hasaacas.
Hearts of Oak will enter into this game without the services of their dependable goalkeeper, Soulama Abdoulaye, due to suspension.
This is going to be the 102 league clash between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in encounters that date back to 1958. The Phobians have won 34, while the Porcupine Warriors have won 31 and 36 games have ended in draws.
The Phobians and Porupine Warriors seem to be taking turns every other week with regards to churning out horrific performances. 14th and 12th are their respective positions on the log now
It doesn't get any bigger than a Hearts-Kotoko game in Ghana football and the two sides will be looking to serve up a craker, despite experiencing a host of problems this season.
Good afternoon and welcome to AllSports' coverage of the Super Clash between Ghana's biggest football clubs Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

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