Afcon 2017: Ayew Brothers Secure Semi Final Spot for Ghana

Andre Ayew runs to celebrate his winning goal with Ghana teammates

Ghana are through to their seventh successive semifinal in the Africa Cup of Nations following a scrappy 2-1 victory over DR Congo on Sunday night.

The Black Stars seemed drowsy in the first half same to their opponents but two goals from brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew sealed the spot for Avram Grant’s side.

Paul-Jose M’Poku cracking long range strike in the 68th minute could only cancel Jordan Ayew’s opener and turned out to be the consolation for the Congolese.

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The West Africans missed the services of their captain Asamoah Gyan due to an injury he suffered in their last group D game.

Dieumerci Mbokani nearly propelled the DR Congo side as early the eighth minute but his feeble shot hit the woodwork. His second closest attempt from a powerful long range drive was thwarted by Razak Brimah six minutes into the half hour mark.

Ghana returned from the break invigorated with an immediate attempt four minutes later. Christian Atsu launched an attack heading to the box but was hacked down by Mbemba just at the edge.

Wakaso’s curling freekick bounced and troubled Matampi who fumbled to clear away with his leg.

Wakaso turned the helper after the hour when he intercepted a pass in DRC half and split a pass to Jordan who reduced the distance, healing dummied the centre backs and curled to the far end for the opener.

M’poku equalized five minutes later before Andre Ayew scored the winner from the spot.

Both Keepers, malady Brimah and Matampi, made good saves later on to maintain the score lines.

Ghana will play Cameroon on Thursday in the second semifinal.

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