MATCH CENTRE

TUE 25 JUNE 2019, 22:00, ISMAILIA

2
VS
2

Benin hold mighty Ghana 2-2

by Staff Reporter

Tue June 25, 23:51

Benin provided one of the surprise results of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations thus far when they held Ghana 2-2 at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Black Stars – who played more than a third of the game with just 10 men – already find themselves two points off the pace of Group F leaders Cameroon, who beat Guinea-Bissau earlier in the evening.

As for the Squirrels, their performance merited a share of the spoils and featured two well-taken goals from Mickael Pote, the first player to score more than once in the tournament.

Benin got off to a flying start and scored the earliest goal in the AFCON to date, taking the lead in just the second minute.

Steve Mounie played a perfectly-weighted pass in behind the square defence of Ghana and Mickael Pote sprinted onto it, before neatly stepping inside a challenge from Lumor Agbeyenu and stabbing a shot past goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Yet Ghana were not behind for long: in the ninth minute they levelled the game at 1-1 through a fine strike from Andre Ayew, who picked up a pass in the box from his brother Jordan, held off a defender and sent a low shot just inside the left-hand post of goalkeeper Fabien Farnolle.

After such an explosive start, the teams went into their shells somewhat and chances were hard to come by for almost all of the remainder of the first half. However, Ghana created one more opportunity and capitalised on it to ensure a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Defender Kasim Adams Nuhu played a fine pass from inside his half which allowed Jordan Ayew to turn his marker before sending an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net in the 42nd minute of the match.

Ghana appeared to be in control of the game in the second half, but just nine minutes after the restart they were reduced to 10 men. Defender John Boye, already on a yellow card, was shown a second caution for time wasting and sent for an early shower.

Benin, now with a numerical advantage, restored parity at 2-2 in the 63rd minute. The Squirrels worked a corner kick short before opening up an angle to drive a dangerous low ball into the danger area, and Pote was on hand to score with a back-heel and rack up his second goal of the night.

The Black Stars nearly reclaimed the lead on 70 minutes through a thunderbolt shot direct from a free kick by Thomas Partey, but Farnolle did exceptionally well to palm the ball away for a corner kick.

That proved to be the last notable attacking highlight of the match, as the opponents settled for a point apiece.

The teams will be back in action on Saturday 29 June, with Ghana taking on Cameroon and Benin facing Guinea-Bissau – both games will be held at the Ismailia Stadium.

Ghana (2) 2 (A. Ayew 9’, J. Ayew 42’)
Benin (1) 2 (Pote 2’ 63’)

Ghana: Ofori, Yiadom, Boye, Nuhu, Agbeyenu, Wakaso, Partey, Agyepong (Owusu 35’ [Mensah 59’]), Atsu, A. Ayew (Acquah 90’), J. Ayew

Benin: Farnolle, Baraze, Adilehou (Seibou 62’), Adenon, Verdon, Imorou, Pote, d’Almeida (Dossou 63’), Adeoti, Soukou (Djigla 83’), Mounie

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ISMAILIA
GHANA GOALS BENIN GOALS
9. Jordan Ayew (42') 10. Mickael Pote (2')
10. Andre Ayew (9') 10. Mickael Pote (63')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1 2
GHANA STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
3
Defender
37'
54'
21
Defender
11
Defender
77'
15
Defender
62'
13
Defender
14
Defender
6
Midfielder
11
Defender
2
Midfielder
35'
23
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
46'
63'
15
Forward/Striker
9'
90'
10
Forward/Striker
83'
14
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
2'
63'
10
Forward/Striker
42'
9
Forward/Striker
90'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Samuel Owusu
Midfielder
35'
19
Mama Seibou
Midfielder
62'
18
Jonathan Mensah
Defender
59'
4
Jodel Dossou
Forward/Striker
63'
20
Afriyie Acquah
Midfielder
90'
6
David Djigla
Forward/Striker
83'
7
CARDS
John Boye
Defender
37'
21
Sessi D’Almeida
Midfielder
46'
15
John Boye
Defender
54'
21
Steve Mounie
Forward/Striker
90'
9
Kasim Adams Nuhu
Defender
77'
15
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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