It is all over in Franceville, Gabon and the Black Stars of Ghana have beaten the Eagles of Mali by two goals to nil.

Both goals were scored in the second half by striker Asamoah Gyan and Andre Dede Ayew.

Ghana march on to play Guinea in the last match of Group D to ensure they consolidate the top spot of the group.

90 + 4’ Ghana Substitution: Derek Boateng replaces Anthony Annan

89′ Gyan is ruled offside

89’ Ghana Substitution: Samuel Inkoom replaces Kwadwo Asamoah

86’ Mali Substitution: Samba Sow replaces Abdou Traore

79’ – Mali Substitution: Mustapha Yatabare replaces Abdoulaye Maiga

76’ Andre Dede Ayew scores one of the best goals of the tournament turning the Malian defender inside out hitting one past Diakite in post

73’ Ghana takes a free kick.

67’ Maiga gets up well, but cannot keep his header down. So clsoe for Mali.

65’ Mali Substitution: Garra Dembele replaces Cheick Diabate

64’ Asamoah Gyan curls a free kick over the wall and into the corner of the Mali post.

63′ Goal for Ghana

61’ Ghana takes a free kick.

59’ Ghana Substitution: Charles Takyi replaces Sulley Muntari

54’ Great one-two initiated by Dede Ayew, which ends in him getting into space and getting off a low left footed shot. But Mali’s ‘keeper smothers the ball well.

53’ Samba Diakite (Mali) is cautioned.

49’ The match is starting to get even more physical now as frustration creeps in at the lack of goal scoring chances and openings.

48’ John Pantsil (Ghana) is cautioned.

47’ Adama Tamboura (Mali) is cautioned.

46′ Second Half underway in Franceville as both try to break the deadlock

45+2 Half time in Franceville as the highly anticipated match between Ghana and Mali ends in a stalemate

45’ Dede Ayew gets up high for Pantsil’s floating cross, but can’t get enough on it as his header glances wide of the far post.

45’ Two minutes of added time to go.

41’ Seydou Keita (Mali) is cautioned.

38’ Diabete’s free kick slams off one post and onto another, how unlucky!

38’ Mali takes a free kick.

37’ Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) is cautioned.

36’ So close! Kwadwo Asamoah turns an opponent inside out and gets the ball onto his left foot, but it skews off the side of his foot and swerves off target.

32’ The half so far has been full of fouls as two competitive and physical teams battle it out.

24′ First real attempt at goal as Kwadwo Asamoah gets in a swerving cross-goal shot, which is parried and Muntari just can’t direct the rebound on target.

23′ Corner to Mali but waste the opportunity, goal kick to Ghana

22’ Great tackle by Tamboura on Dede Ayew, as Mali continue to watch the dangerous Ghana midfielder very closely.

’20 Gyan played in through by Asamoah but fails to control, goalkick to Mali

18′ Gyan ruled offside

17’ Both teams just feeling each other out for now, no goal attempts thus far.

13′ Gyan played in by Asamoah but fails to reach

11’ Maiga does very well on the byline, beats one man but then loses his footing.

8’ Seydou Keita fouls Anthony Annan in a competitive midfield tussle.

6’ Muntari (Ghana) takes the corner kick.

4’John Pantsil, wearing the captain’s armband tonight, whips in a cross from the right.

1’ Agyemang-Badu (Ghana) takes the corner kick.

1′ Ghana gets the match underway in Franceville

Ghana clash with Mali in the top-of-the-table clash in Group D of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tonight and both sides eye their places in the knock-out stage of the competition.

Both teams won their opening matches on Tuesday. Ghana beat Botswana and Mali defeated Guinea.

Kwadwo Asamoah makes hid first start for Ghana at the 2012 African Cup of Nations in the Group D clash against Mali.

The attacker plays behind striker Asamoah Gyan as Goran Stevanovic makes three changes to his starting team.

Starting line-up Adam Kwarasey, John Paintsil, Masahudu Alhassan, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari

Source Citifmonline Ghana



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