After a disappointing performance at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium last week, the Black Stars of Ghana put up a vintage performance in Brazzaville to keep their chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive.
Having drawn 1:1 with the Congolese on Friday, there was a lot of pressure on the Stars to win at all cost in a match was tipped to be a in favour of the Congolese.
Going into the game without some key players like Asamoah Gyan and Dede Ayew, coach Akwasi Appiah made as many as five changes.
Joseph Attamah Larweh, Jeffrey Schlupp, Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan all lost out in the starting eleven.
But the Black Stars subdued the Red Devil by 5:1 in front of their teeming and enthusiastic fans.
A hat trick from Thomas Partey and a brace from Richmond Boakye-Yiadom ensured that the Stars picked their first three points of the crusade
Ghana now has five points behind Group leaders Uganda and Egypt who are on six and seven points respectively.