The Accra Hearts of Oak forward was a “dangerous” man for Ghana at the right-wing position as he run into tight spaces, create chances, and was good at helping Tariq Lamptey to defend Ghana’s right side.
Barnieh’s most controversial moment in the game came when he was kicked in the box after successfully pushing the ball through the legs of Eray Comert in a manner known in Ghana as ‘suluyia’.
Ghanaians believed that the incident was a clear penalty for Ghana as the Switzerland defender Eray Comert tripped him in the penalty box after he (Comert) was nutmegged. There referee, much to the chagrin of the Ghanaian supporters waved play on.
Ghana, despite not winning the penalty appeal went on to win the game in the second half as goals from Mohammed Salisu and Antoine Semenyo were enough for the Black Stars to carry the day.