Gabon vs Ghana Ended in 1-1 draw with a controversial late goal in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match.
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Gabon, who are without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to ‘heart lesions,’ is on the verge of qualifying for the last 16.
Andre Ayew had put Ghana ahead in the 18th minute, but Jim Allevinah’s 88th-minute equalizer cancelled it out.
Ghana, which is in the midst of a nerve-wracking final match, was enraged. After a player injury, Gabon failed to return the ball.
Guelor Kanga played the ball to Allevinah, who struck a low left-footed shot across Jojo Wollacott and into the bottom right-hand corner after Daniel-Kofi Kyere went down following a challenge inside Gabon’s half.
To no avail, Ayew protested the goal to referee Lahlou Benbraham, and scuffles erupted when Gabon celebrated at full-time.
After the final whistle, Ghana substitute Benjamin Tetteh was shown a red card for his role in the on-pitch brawl.
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Ghana requires a win in the final game after a tense match
Ghana was under pressure in the first few minutes of the game, with Swindon Town goalkeeper Wollacott and his defenders having trouble communicating, but the Black Stars took the lead when Ayew scored a spectacular goal.
He controlled the ball well outside the area, created space, and fired home his tenth goal in Nations Cup finals.
Ayew, who was wearing a prominent dressing over his left eye due to the head injury he sustained in his team’s loss to Morocco, was almost enraged as he tried to motivate his teammates.
After their early flurry, the Panthers didn’t have much of a chance until almost an hour had passed, when Wollacott made a great save to deny Allevinah, who was inches away from scoring.
The game barely flowed, and neither team could get a hold of the ball, but it was played in a lively atmosphere in Yaounde, with fans from both teams making their voices heard.
Aaron Boupendza, the Gabonese striker who scored the game-winning goal against Comoros, had a couple of shots blocked.
When the Panthers face Morocco in their final group match on Tuesday, they will need a point to advance to the last 16, while Ghana will face winless Comoros, needing a win to stay in the competition.