Africa Cup of Nations - Semi-final
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Cameroon 2-0 Ghana

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
Slavia Prague's Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui was on hand to give Cameroon the lead in the 72nd minute

Cameroon will face Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final after two second-half strikes saw off Ghana.

Both sides had gone close to breaking the deadlock before Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui took advantage of atrocious defending from a free-kick to lash in the opener in the 72nd minute.

With seconds remaining Christian Bassogog sealed victory when he applied a deft finish to a counter-attack.

Ghana went close through Wakaso Mubarak and Christian Atsu.

Panathinaikos midfielder Wakaso tested keeper Fabrice Ondoa will a brilliant bending free-kick, and Newcastle's flying winger Atsu saw his angled strike drift past Cameroon's upright by inches.

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Aside from those two chances, the Black Stars - who last won the competition in 1982 - underwhelmed against a side who were clear second favourites going into the match.

As for coach Hugo Broos' Indomitable Lions, they are into their first final since they lost to Egypt in 2008.

"It is a real dream for us to get to the final," said the Belgian coach.

"Ghana have more experience than us - look at what they have done in recent tournaments. But since the start of this tournament we have shown we keep going right to the end in every game.

"I am very happy, especially for the team. They are an exemplary group on and off the field and they deserve to be in the final."

Cameroon players
Cameroon have won the competition on four previous occasions

Their build-up to the match was clouded by a dispute between the team and the national association over pay, but on Gabon's Franceville stadium pitch their focus rarely wavered from the task in hand.

Cameroon defended brilliantly, nullifying the threat of Andre Ayew and brother Jordan - and, later on, substitute Asamoah Gyan.

They also caused Ghana several problems at the other end.

Slavia Prague defender Ngadeu-Ngadjui was both a rock in defence and a menace on set-pieces in attack, highlighted when he fired in from the angle to give his side the lead.

A free-kick was swung into the area and both Ghana defender John Boye and keeper Razah Brimah flapped at the delivery, allowing Ngadeu-Ngadjui to thrash home.

As Ghana, coached by former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, searched for the equaliser they left space at the back, which was exploited in the third minute of stoppage time when Aalborg forward Bassogog sprinted into the area and poked in past the reach of Razak.

"I am more than unhappy. We wanted so much to be in the final," said Grant.

"We did everything to be there and in the second half we completely dominated. Congratulations to Cameroon of course but we were the better side and we lost."

The Black Stars will meet Burkina Faso in Saturday's third place play-off in Port Gentil.

Line-ups

Cameroon

  • 1Ondoa
  • 19Fai
  • 5Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • 4Teikeu
  • 6Oyongo Bitolo
  • 15Siani
  • 17Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forMandjeckat 77'minutes
  • 13Bassogog
  • 9Zoua Daogari
  • 8MoukandjoBooked at 81mins
  • 18TambeSubstituted forAboubakarat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mabouka Maoussi
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 7N'Jie
  • 10Aboubakar
  • 11Salli
  • 12Boya
  • 14Mandjeck
  • 16Goda
  • 20Toko Ekambi
  • 21Djetei
  • 22Ngwen
  • 23Mbokwe

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 23Afful
  • 18Amartey
  • 21Boye
  • 22Acheampong
  • 6AcquahSubstituted forGyanat 75'minutes
  • 11Wakaso
  • 7Atsu
  • 5ParteySubstituted forBaduat 86'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 2Yiadom
  • 3Gyan
  • 4Mensah
  • 8Badu
  • 12Ofori
  • 13Assifuah
  • 14Tekpetey
  • 15Ofori
  • 16Dauda
  • 19Gyimah
  • 20Tetteh
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamCameroonAway TeamGhana
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cameroon 2, Ghana 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cameroon 2, Ghana 0.

Goal!

Goal! Cameroon 2, Ghana 0. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vincent Aboubakar following a fast break.

Frank Acheampong (Ghana) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sébastien Siani (Cameroon).

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Bassogog following a set piece situation.

Foul by John Boye (Ghana).

Jacques Zoua (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emmanuel Badu (Ghana).

Adolphe Teikeu (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Georges Mandjeck (Cameroon).

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Emmanuel Badu replaces Thomas Partey.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon) because of an injury.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Fabrice Ondoa.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Sébastien Siani.

Attempt blocked. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Collins Fai.

Booking

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Georges Mandjeck (Cameroon).

Hand ball by Asamoah Gyan (Ghana).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Georges Mandjeck replaces Arnaud Djoum.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Asamoah Gyan replaces Afriyie Acquah.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Afful.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Vincent Aboubakar replaces Robert Ndip Tambe.

Goal!

Goal! Cameroon 1, Ghana 0. Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Cameroon) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

Robert Ndip Tambe (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by André Ayew (Ghana).

Christian Bassogog (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Adolphe Teikeu.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Amartey (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Ayew.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Benjamin Moukandjo.

Afriyie Acquah (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Cameroon).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal32106247
2Tunisia32016516
3Algeria302156-12
4Zimbabwe301248-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo32106337
2Morocco32014226
3Ivory Coast302123-12
4Togo301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt32102027
2Ghana32012116
3Mali302112-12
4Uganda301213-21
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