Africa Cup of Nations

Ghana 3-0 Guinea

By Ian HughesBBC Sport
Ghana players celebrate during their win over Guinea

Ghana eased into their fifth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final by beating a poor Guinea.

Christian Atsu set them on their way after only four minutes, stroking in from Andre Ayew's clever backheel.

Guinea gifted Ghana a second when Baissama Sankoh horribly sliced a clearance and Kwesi Appiah ran clean though on goal to slot home.

Atsu made it 3-0 after the hour, coming in from the right touchline to strike an outrageous shot into the top corner.

The match was a stark contrast to the drama of Saturday's quarter-finals, in which DR Congo and Equatorial Guinea came from behind to win - the latter in controversial circumstances.

From the start of this game there was only going to be one winner as Ghana barely had to break sweat to defeat Guinea, who had qualified for the last eight through the drawing of lots at the expense of Mali.

Guinea defender Baissama Sankoh (left) challenges Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan
Guinea found the going tough against Ghana and Baissama Sankoh (left) was at fault for the Black stars' second goal

The Black Stars made a fast start and they cut Guinea apart on the right flank as Appiah fed Ayew and his backheeled cross was converted by Atsu from eight yards out.

Even at that early stage, Guinea's body language and energy indicated this was a game too far for a team that had lost their past three Nations Cup quarter-finals.

Ghana, who are seeking their fifth title and first since 1982, took their time to make the superiority tell - seemingly content to play within themselves in the face of a non-existent threat from their opponents.

In fact, Guinea proved more dangerous to themselves just before half-time when centre-back Sankoh made a howler of what should have been a routine clearance, slicing the ball into the path of Crystal Palace forward Appiah, who ran on to the ball and comfortably fired past keeper Naby Yattara.

Sixteen minutes after the restart Ghana made certain of the victory in some style as Chelsea winger Atsu pulled off an audacious cross-shot from the right flank, sending the ball over Yattara and into the far top corner of the goal.

From then on it was a procession for Avram Grant's men, who appeared to be saving themselves for a meeting with tournament hosts Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.

Guinea's disappointing day was made worse in stoppage time when goalkeeper Yattara clattered Asamoah Gyan outside the box and was sent off for the reckless challenge.

Ghana's Christian Atsu (left) and Kwesi Appiah scored a goal each to help their side reach the Afcon semi-finals
Ghana's Christian Atsu (left) and Kwesi Appiah scored a goal each to help their side reach the Afcon semi-finals
A Ghana fan makes his point during his side's 3-0 win over Guinea



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Brimah
  • 23Afful
  • 21Boye
  • 19Mensah
  • 17Baba
  • 6AcquahSubstituted forRabiuat 86'minutes
  • 11Wakaso
  • 7AtsuSubstituted forAcheampongat 79'minutes
  • 2Appiah
  • 10A Ayew
  • 3Gyan


  • 4Gyimah
  • 5Awal
  • 8Badu
  • 9J Ayew
  • 12Sowah
  • 13Rabiu
  • 14Asante
  • 15Otoo
  • 16Dauda
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Accam
  • 22Acheampong


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1YattaraBooked at 90mins
  • 13Cissé
  • 5CamaraBooked at 49mins
  • 20Sankoh
  • 23PayeBooked at 90mins
  • 17FofanaBooked at 70mins
  • 8Traoré
  • 12Conte
  • 10ConstantBooked at 21minsSubstituted forKeitaat 56'minutes
  • 7Razzagui CamaraSubstituted forKamanoat 81'minutes
  • 11SyllaSubstituted forYattaraat 45'minutes


  • 2Yattara
  • 3Sylla
  • 6Zayatte
  • 9Landel
  • 14Camara
  • 15Keita
  • 16Keita
  • 18Soumah
  • 19Kamano
  • 21Diarra
  • 22Camara
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Match Stats

Home TeamGhanaAway TeamGuinea
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ghana 3, Guinea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ghana 3, Guinea 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) because of an injury.

  5. Dismissal

    Naby-Moussa Yattara (Guinea) is shown the red card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Naby-Moussa Yattara (Guinea).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. André Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Acheampong.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Naby Keita.

  10. Post update

    (Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Razak Brimah (Ghana).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Guinea. Conceded by John Boye.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Djibril Paye (Guinea).

  14. Post update

    Harrison Afful (Ghana) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Booking

    Djibril Paye (Guinea) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Guinea. Conceded by Mohammed Rabiu.

  17. Post update

    Ibrahima Conte (Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Boubacar Fofana (Guinea).

  20. Post update

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