The Black Stars of Ghana defeated Zimbabwe by a solitary goal in Harare in the third round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

It was the second consecutive win for Ghana after defeating the same opponents last Saturday 3-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Ghana's 1-0 win momentarily took them to the summit of Group G which is clearly becoming a straight fight between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa who are currently leading 1-0 against Ethiopia at the FNB Stadium.

A free kick in the 30th minute of the first half was enough for Ghana as Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey curled home over the wall beyond the despairing dive of the Zimbabwe goalie to give Ghana the lead.

Ghana nearly shot themselves in the foot as Jonathan Mensah sent a back pass to his own goalkeeper Jojo Wollacot but he raced to clear it before the Zimbabwean player could get there.

The Black Stars thought they had scored the second goal as a Jordan Ayew corner was diverted goalwards by Daniel Amartey but it was cleared on the goalline.

Kudus Mohammed was denied a goal by the cross bar in the 51st minute of the game after curling a shot onto the post.

Substitute Daniel Kofi Kyereh had a glorious chance for Ghana but missed by a whisker as Ghana jealously guarded their one goal lead.

The home side posed very little threat except for a free kick late in the game which was blazed high and wide by captain Knowledge Musona.

Captain Andre Ayew, Samuel Owusu, Caleb Ekuban were introduced into the game with five minutes to end the game as Ghana won against a hapless Zimbabwe side.