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Black Stars knock out the hosts Angola

January 25, 2010

African Cup of Nations Quarter-final                        
24th January 2010
Angola 0 Ghana 1
                       Gyan 16
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda

Ghana celebrate their win, reaching the semi-finals for the second consecutive tournament

Host nation Angola missed a hatful of chances as they went out of the quarter-finals to a depleted but resolute Ghana side. Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal after 16 minutes and Ghana then spent much of the game defending, but Angola lacked a cutting-edge.

The goal came after a fine pass from Kwadwo Asamoah found the Rennes forward just outside the box, Gyan’s first touch was excellent and allowed him to find the bottom corner with a well placed shot.

Manucho could have scored a hat trick for the hosts, his first chance coming after half an hour when Flavio had supplied a perfect cross but his header was parried by Richard Kingson.

Soon after Manucho missed another great chance but sent his shot over the bar after Flavio’s saved shot had left him with most of the goal to aim at. Manucho and Angola’s bad day was confirmed in the 72nd minute when he headed over the bar from close range.

Despite withstanding heavy pressure, Ghana almost wrapped the game up when Kwadwo Asamoah tested Angola keeper Carlos Fernandes from distance. Dramatically, in the five minutes of injury-time, Angola captain Kali came close to equalising but his effort was cleared by Isaac Vorsah and Ghana held on to claim a place against either Zambia or Nigeria in the semi-finals.

Ghana are missing several key players, including Michael Essien, but will be encouraged by their young side’s determined performance. Worryingly though, match-winner Asamoah Gyan is a doubt for the semi-finals after he was substituted due to injury in the second half.

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