Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Ghana 1-0 Algeria

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan struck a dramatic late winner to keep alive his side's hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

In a game of very few chances, Gyan snatched an unlikely victory when he latched on to a long ball and angled in a drive in stoppage time.

Algeria missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb side-footed well wide from 12 yards on 20 minutes.

The game had looked set to remain goalless until Gyan's late strike.

Gyan missed Ghana's opening match loss to Senegal because of a bout of malaria and although he was understandably lacking sharpness on his return, he persevered until the very end to rescue his team.

Nabil Bentaleb, Ishak Belfodil and Emmanuel Badu square up to each other
Bentaleb, Befoldil and Badu were lucky to stay on the pitch after a confrontation

The striker has now scored in each of his last six games for the Black Stars, who did not make life easy for their talisman as they toiled to create chances in a scrappy game.

Ghana failed to muster a single effort at goal in the opening period as the Algerian defence, well marshalled by returning captain Madjid Bougherra, easily coped with a succession of hopeful punts forward.

Yet Algeria fared little better, managing only two efforts, both of which were wayward. While Faouzi Ghoulam's early attempt was purely speculative for Algeria, Bentaleb's side-footed shot from inside the box was a waste of an excellent opportunity forged by clever interplay between Yacine Brahimi and Aissa Mandi.

In an overly physical first half, there might have been more red cards than shots, but somehow Bentaleb, Ishak Belfoldil and Emmanuel Badu all escaped without punishment after the three were involved in an ugly bout of shoving.

Quality continued to be in short supply after the break, but at least Ghana began to show some attacking intent.

However, Gyan could not direct a difficult diving header on target and dragged another shot well wide and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew flicked over an improvised volley at the near post.

At the other end Bentaleb fizzed a low shot wide of the right post after being played in by Brahimi.

It proved to be a costly miss for Algeria as Gyan ran on to a long ball over the top by substitute Mubarak Wakaso and sent a scruffy shot into the bottom left corner.

Ghana coach Avram Grant: "Asamoah Gyan was not fit - he didn't train like he needed to - but he's Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room.

"You know I have been coach of some of the great players - he's one of the greatest. First - he always scores when you need him. Second - he's good for the spirit of the team - he's a very good captain."

Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff: "If you analyse the match in terms of organisation, we were much more coherent than against South Africa. We weren't composed enough going forward, which is connected to our tempo on the ball, which was too slow, on a surface which didn't really lend itself to a passing game.

"It's true that in the second half we had a couple of chances, including one which fell to Nabil Bentaleb.

"Obviously the last goal is very hard to swallow for us. There is no other choice but to adapt. There's no use in our doing calculations. We just have to win on Thursday. A draw is no longer good enough for us. Clearly we have to aim to attack the goal."

Asamoah Gyan scores for Ghana
The moment Gyan scored for Ghana and handed his side a tournament lifeline
Asamoah Gyan and Avram Grant
Gyan is congratulated by an ecstatic-looking coach Avram Grant

Line-ups

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 23Afful
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Mensah
  • 17Baba
  • 8Badu
  • 6AcquahBooked at 26minsSubstituted forWakasoat 55'minutes
  • 7Atsu
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forOtooat 78'minutes
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forAsanteat 84'minutes
  • 3Gyan

Substitutes

  • 2Appiah
  • 4Gyimah
  • 5Awal
  • 11Wakaso
  • 12Sowah
  • 13Rabiu
  • 14Asante
  • 15Otoo
  • 16Dauda
  • 20Accam
  • 21Boye
  • 22Acheampong

Algeria

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 20Mandi
  • 2BougherraBooked at 45mins
  • 12Medjani
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 8LacenSubstituted forMahrezat 71'minutes
  • 10Feghouli
  • 19Taïder
  • 11BrahimiSubstituted forKadirat 87'minutes
  • 14BentalebBooked at 73mins
  • 9BelfodilSubstituted forSlimaniat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doukha
  • 4Cadamuro
  • 5Halliche
  • 6Mesbah
  • 7Mahrez
  • 13Slimani
  • 15Soudani
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Kadir
  • 18Djabou
  • 21Kashi
  • 22Zeffane
Referee:
Koman Coulibaly

Match Stats

Home TeamGhanaAway TeamAlgeria
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Ghana 1, Algeria 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ghana 1, Algeria 0.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1, Algeria 0. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mubarak Wakaso.

Attempt missed. Harrison Afful (Ghana) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Mubarak Wakaso following a set piece situation.

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Foued Kadir (Algeria).

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Foued Kadir replaces Yacine Brahimi.

Daniel Amartey (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Solomon Asante replaces André Ayew.

Foul by Saphir Taïder (Algeria).

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Mahatma Otoo replaces Jordan Ayew.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Booking

Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).

Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. André Ayew (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a cross.

Offside, Algeria. Nabil Bentaleb tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Riyad Mahrez replaces Mehdi Lacen.

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Madjid Bougherra.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Sofiane Feghouli.

Attempt missed. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.

Foul by Carl Medjani (Algeria).

Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

Daniel Amartey (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso tries a through ball, but Asamoah Gyan is caught offside.

Carl Medjani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Ghana).

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