MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 OCTOBER 2014, 21:00, CASABLANCA

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Ghana top Group E with Guinea draw

by Ameenu Shardow

Sat October 11, 23:22

Ghana opened a one-point lead at the top of Group E after drawing 1-1 with Guinea in Casablanca on Saturday night.

Captain Asamoah Gyan gave the Black Stars a 1-0 lead before the break but the Sylli Nationale put up a stirred up performance afterwards to snatch a deserved point.

Both sides began on a lethargic not but the visitors were quick to with Harrison Afful making the first attacking move but he was flagged offside.

The Esperance man, playing at right-back, snuck in the Guinea defence on the flank after was picked out by a neat Kwadwo Asamoah pass but he as in an illegal spot.

Guinea were more attacking and when Jordan Ayew was disposed in the middle, they quickly they turned it into attack but could not break down the Stars defence.

The Black Stars were slow but purposeful and in move of the early moves, Jordan released Gyan inside the box and the Al Ain striker drilled one pass the goalkeeper for the opener on 26 minutes.

This sparked the Guineans and Michel Dussuyer’s side began probing for the equalizer but inferiority complex coupled with the lack of cutting kept the scoreline still at 1-0 before the break.

Just after the break, it was all about Guinea dictating the space and created two glorious opportunities in two minutes but once again, their goal-shy attackers spurned those chances.

On 49 minutes, Ghana goalkeeper Stephen Adams had to come out to smother an attack after the Guineans had broken the offside trap.

Guinea continued weaving patterns and built on their confidence level with Ghana looking out of sort.

The Sylli Nationale waited until the 80th minute when Ibrahima Traore, who plays for Moechengladbach, cut in from the right and drilled in a powerful shot which cannoned the inside of the cross bar.

They continue to push as the Black Stars failed to take charge of the game.

Not even the introduction of Mubarak Wakaso, Mohammed Rabiu and Abdul Majeed Waris could help matters.

Ghana went tops of the poll after Uganda were shocked 1-0 at home by Togo but it was a lame performance.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
GUINEA GHANA
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
0
Defender
17
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
2
0
Defender
3
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
6
Defender
0
Midfielder
10
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
0
8
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
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