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Soccer News of Tuesday, 21 August 2007

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Senegal Draw with Ghana

..Diouf steals the show
Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf impressed a host of Premiership managers and scouts as his predatory strike earned Senegal a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Tuesday's friendly international in London.

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, West Ham boss Alan Curbishley and several representatives from other English clubs were in the crowd at Millwall's New Den to watch unsettled Bolton striker Diouf and Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop.

It was Diouf who stole the show just a day after making it clear he is unhappy at Bolton as the Senegal captain's second-half strike cancelled out Gyan Asamoah's opener.

One fine individual effort midway through the first half showed the danger Diouf can pose. Taking possession wide on the right he embarked on a jinking run and shot that nearly caught out Ghana keeper Richard Kingson.

Ghana were playing their first match since March's defeat against Brazil, but there were few signs of rustiness. Haminu Draman was close to breaking the deadlock with a close range effort, only for Tony Sylva's sprawling save to keep him out.

Ghana coach Claude Le Roy was without injured captain Stephen Appiah, another player believed to interest Curbishley, but he was still able to field a strong side including Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari.

It was Muntari who provided the decisive pass as Ghana took the lead on the stroke of half-time. His perfectly-weighted ball sent Asamoah clear and the Udinese forward planted a low shot past Sylva at his near post.

Ghana gave a debut to Andre Ayew, son of Black Stars legend Abedi Pele, in the closing stages.

But the last word went to Diouf. Babacar Gueye's 74th minute strike cannoned into Diouf and he managed to control before calmly slotting home.