Afcon 2017: Gyan Header Propels Ghana to Quarters

Asamoah Gyan headed in the 20th minute to guide Ghana to their second win in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as the Blacks Stars stormed the quarter finals with a match to spare.

A draw against Egypt in the last group game on Wednesday at the same stadium, page in Port Gentil, will guarantee a top spot for the Black Stars who are making to their sixth consecutive quarter finals.

Coach Avram Grant made only one change from his winning match day one squad, slotting in Frank Acheampong for Baba Rahman who was ruled out of the remaining games due to injury.

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Gyan’s goal is his eighth overall in seven finals making him the 15th top scorer in the African cup of nations.

The cagey first half witnessed little sparks in the opening quarter hour until the 18th minute when Atsu launched a swift run down his lane before cutting in for a wasteful Andre Ayew in the keeper’s area.

Keeper Brimah Razak was twice called to action at the start of second half to keep off Moussa Marega’s attempts from close range.

The keeper made another brilliant stoppage time save from Coulibaly’s cracking screamer to maintain Ghana’s 100% record and qualification.

Black Star defender Thomas Partey was voted the total man of the match.


Ghana: R. Brimah(GK), J. Boye, H. Afful, W. Mubarak, T. Partey, D. Amartey, A. Ayew, F. Acheampong, J. Ayew (90′ A. Acquah), A. Gyan (82′ E. Agyemang-Badu, C Atsu

Mali: O. Sissoko, O. Coulibaly, S. Coulibaly, H. Traoré, M. Wague, Y. Sylla, S. Yatabaré (46. Y. Bissouma), K. Coulibaly, M. N’Diaye, B. Sako, M. Yatabaré (63′ M. Doumbia), M. Marega (79′ K. Coulibaly)


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