AFCON 2015: Asamoah Gyan’s dramatic last minute strike lifts Ghana

Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan

A late dramatic strike by Asamoah Gyan offered Ghana hope as the Black Stars clinched a 1-0 win over Algeria in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations tie in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea on Friday.

Gyan, returning to the squad following a bout of malaria that kept him out of the opener of the Black Stars’ campaign struck a dramatic late winner to keep alive Ghana’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Gyan latched onto a desperate long ball from Mubarak Wakaso, raced deep into the Algerians final third and angled in a drive in stoppage time to produce Ghana’s first points in two games.

In a game of few chances, Algeria looked to be on their way to a comfortable progress having amassed three points in their Group C opener with South Africa.

The North Africans missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb from 12 yards side-footed wide on 20 minutes with Ghana’s goalkeeper Razak Braimah well compromised.

Desperately needing a win to revive her campaign in a game that looked set to remain goalless, the Black Stars appeared set to slip to the brink of elimination before Gyan darted onto a long ball from the middle and squeezed one past Rais Mbolhi.

The results means Ghana has moved level with Algeria and Senegal at the top of Group C with Senegal set to play South Africa later on Friday.

Squad: Razak Braimah, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah, Christian Atsu, Afriyie Acquah/Wakaso Mubarak, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Andre Ayew/Solomon Asante, Jordan Ayew/Mahatma Otoo and  Asamoah Gyan.

Source: GNA

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