MATCH CENTRE

TUE 02 JULY 2019, 18:00, SUEZ STADIUM

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Ghana beat Guinea-Bissau to finish atop Group F

by Staff Reporter

Tue July 02, 20:00

Ghana defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group F match at the Suez Stadium in Egypt on Tuesday evening.

As a result, the Black Stars secured their place in the Round of 16 as group winners, while the African Wild Dogs crashed out of the tournament after finishing fourth.

The African Wild Dogs were pressed by the Black Stars in the opening stages of the match, but they looked dangerous on the counter-time.

Guinea-Bissau came very close to scoring through Piqueti Djassi Brito Silva following a quick counter in the 18th minute.

The Saudi Arabia-based winger's curling effort was brilliantly saved by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who pushed the ball onto the crossbar.

The Black Stars then piled more pressure on the African Wild Dogs defence and Jordan Ayew's powerful low shot hit the upright just after the half-hour mark.

The momentum was with Ghana with the half-time break approaching and they had another chance to break the deadlock.

Jordan's older brother, Andre Ayew went through and shoot at goal, but the Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes denied the Ghana captain.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by Ghana.

The Black Stars got off to the perfect start as they broke the deadlock through Jordan Ayew, who beat his marker before scoring to make it 1-0 to Ghana a minute after the restart.

Guinea-Bissau nearly responded with a goal as Joseph Mendes' powerful low shot hit the upright with Maritzburg United keeper Ofori well-beaten.

The African Wild Dogs were growing in confidence and Ofori had to produce magnificent diving save to deny Mamadu Cande, who was looking to score with a free-kick just after the hour-mark.

However, Ghana made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute following a moment of brilliance as Andre Ayew set-up Baba Rahman, whose low cross was turned home by Thomas Partey.

Kwesi Appiah's men pushed for more goals in the closing stages of the game, but Guinea-Bissau stood firm at the back and ultimately, Ghana emerged 2-0 winners.

Guinea-Bissau (0) 0
Ghana (0) 2 (Ayew 46', Partey 72')

Guinea-Bissau: Jonas Mendes, Gomes, Marcelo, Juary, Cande, Bura (Moreto 63'), Mane, Pele, Mama Balde, Joseph Mendes (Mendy 79'), Piqueti (Silva 67').

Ghana: Ofori, Yiadom, Aidoo, Boye, Baba Rahman, Wakaso Jr, Partey (Ekuban 83'), Andre Ayew, Kwabena Owusu (Acquah 66'), Samuel Owusu (Asamoah 86'), Jordan Ayew.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SUEZ STADIUM
GUINEA-BISSAU GOALS GHANA GOALS
9. Jordan Ayew (46')
5. Thomas Partey (72')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
GUINEA-BISSAU STARTING LINEUP GHANA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
21
Defender
17
Defender
14
Defender
21
Defender
22
Defender
23'
18
Defender
4
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
86'
19
18
Midfielder
72'
83'
5
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
79'
19
Forward/Striker
46'
9
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
66'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Moreto Cassama
Midfielder
64'
16
Afriyie Acquah
Midfielder
66'
6
Toni Silva
Forward/Striker
67'
15
Caleb Ekuban
Forward/Striker
83'
13
Frédéric Mendy
Forward/Striker
79'
13
Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
86'
20
CARDS
Joseph Aidoo
Defender
23'
18
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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