Africa Cup of Nations - Semi-Final
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Ghana 3-0 Equatorial Guinea

Police try to gain control of fans at the match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea

Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against hosts Equatorial Guinea was halted for 30 minutes because of crowd trouble in Malabo.

Ghana fans massed behind a goal after 82 minutes of the game to seek refuge from missiles being thrown at them.

Bottles rained down as police battled to gain control, while a helicopter hovered over the stadium.

Play resumed for just three minutes as Ghana completed a 3-0 win to reach Sunday's final against Ivory Coast.

The Black Stars had taken a 2-0 lead into half-time, having opened the scoring when Jordan Ayew dispatched a penalty after Kwesi Appiah had been fouled by keeper Felipe Ovono.

They doubled their lead when Mubarak Wakaso drilled home following a counter-attack.

At the end of the first period, crowd unrest was already evident, with the Ghana players shielded by police in riot gear as they left the pitch.

Then, after Andre Ayew had tapped in Ghana's third on 75 minutes and with only eight minutes left, the focus turned to their fans, who left the stands to seek safety behind one of the goals.

Riot police shield Ghana players
Riot police shield Ghana players as they try to come off at half-time at the Estadio de Malabo

Play was stopped as bottles continued to be thrown by the home supporters, littering the running track around the pitch. Chairs were also thrown after being ripped from the stands.

With Equatorial Guinea only stepping in as replacement hosts in November, there were plenty of concerns about preparations and security before the tournament began.

Two quarter-finals were then moved from Ebebiyin and Mongomo amid reported fears of potential crowd issues, although the Confederation of African Football blamed the poor state of the pitches.

When police moved in to try to restore order in Malabo, it took a considerable amount of time before the Ghana fans were safely escorted from the stadium.

There were doubts about the match resuming, with officials locked in discussions at the side of the pitch as the players remained on it.

Once the field was cleared of objects, the match restarted, only for the referee to bring the game to an end three minutes later.

Police helicopter inside Estadio de Malabo
A police helicopter caused a commotion inside the stadium as it sprayed around debris
Ghana celebrate
After a lengthy stoppage, play resumed for three minutes before the referee blew for full time
Equatorial Guinea players
Equatorial Guinea players were also sprayed with water from the bottles thrown from the stands

Line-ups

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 23AffulBooked at 44mins
  • 21Boye
  • 19Mensah
  • 17Baba
  • 6AcquahBooked at 68mins
  • 11WakasoBooked at 18minsSubstituted forBaduat 76'minutes
  • 7Atsu
  • 2Appiah
  • 10A AyewBooked at 66minsSubstituted forAcheampongat 82'minutes
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 3Gyan
  • 4Gyimah
  • 5Awal
  • 8Badu
  • 12Sowah
  • 13Rabiu
  • 14Asante
  • 15Otoo
  • 16Dauda
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Accam
  • 22Acheampong

Equatorial Guinea

  • 1OvonoBooked at 41mins
  • 2Vázquez EvuyBooked at 37minsSubstituted forFabiani Bosioat 58'minutes
  • 5Mbele
  • 4Da Gracia Gomes
  • 7Belima
  • 21Zarandona EsonoSubstituted forGanetat 82'minutes
  • 18Ellong
  • 14Senobua
  • 11Balboa
  • 15EdúBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBohale Aqueriacoat 74'minutes
  • 10Nsue

Substitutes

  • 3Engonga
  • 6Edjogo-Owono Montalbán
  • 8Iyanga Travieso
  • 9Fabiani Bosio
  • 12Bolado
  • 13Embela
  • 16Bohale Aqueriaco
  • 19Briones
  • 20Maye
  • 22Ganet
  • 23Darío
Referee:
Eric Arnaud Otogo-Castane

Match Stats

Home TeamGhanaAway TeamEquatorial Guinea
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home22
Away26

Live Text

Match ends, Ghana 3, Equatorial Guinea 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ghana 3, Equatorial Guinea 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Pablo Ganet replaces Iván Zarandona.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Frank Acheampong replaces André Ayew.

Foul by Kike (Equatorial Guinea).

Abdul Baba (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Iván Zarandona (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Ghana).

Attempt missed. Viera Ellong (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a headed pass.

Corner, Equatorial Guinea. Conceded by John Boye.

Viera Ellong (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Badu (Ghana).

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Abdul Baba.

Foul by Diosdado Mbele (Equatorial Guinea).

Kwesi Appiah (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rubén Belima (Equatorial Guinea).

Christian Atsu (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diosdado Mbele (Equatorial Guinea).

Kwesi Appiah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Emmanuel Badu replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 3, Equatorial Guinea 0. André Ayew (Ghana) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kwesi Appiah.

Offside, Ghana. Mubarak Wakaso tries a through ball, but Jordan Ayew is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Sipo replaces Ibán.

Dangerous play by Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea).

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kike (Equatorial Guinea).

Jordan Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Mensah (Ghana).

Foul by Kike (Equatorial Guinea).

Kwesi Appiah (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Diosdado Mbele (Equatorial Guinea).

Jordan Ayew (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abdul Baba (Ghana).

Booking

Ibán (Equatorial Guinea) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Afriyie Acquah (Ghana) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Afriyie Acquah (Ghana).

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