Ghana win 'most stressful game', Algeria rue 'cruel defeat'

Asamoah Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan kicks the ball past Algeria's Carl Medjani to score the winning goal during their 2015 African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match in Mongomo (Photo: Reuters)
Ahram Online
Saturday 24 Jan 2015
Ghana breathed a sigh of relief after securing a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Algeria in the Nations Cup on Thursday, which Ghanaian FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi described as the most stressful match he has ever experienced.

Speaking to Ghanasoccernet after striker Gyan Asamoah struck deep in stoppage time, Nyantakyi said: "To score two minutes into three minutes of extra time was miraculous."

"The only game I can liken to this one was Ghana-Burkina Faso in 2005. We were down 1-0 in Kumasi until 65th minute when we scored the equalizer. But this one put us on tenterhooks for the entire duration of the match.

"It was really stressful, very very stressful. It could have ended either way, it could have even ended in a barren score or could have ended that we lost the game. But we won and we thank God for that."

The victory revived Ghana's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals after they slumped to a 2-1 defeat by Senegal in their opening match.

Algeria, who came from behind to defeat South Africa 3-1 in their first match, rued a "cruel loss".

"It is cruel to lose the match in the last minute, but that will not change our fundamental approach to the last game: even with a draw we would still have needed to win," Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff was quoted as saying by AFP.

"We were more coherent than against South Africa. We were better organised and more solid defensively, but we never managed to get into any rhythm because of the state of the pitch and the weather conditions."

Senegal are on top of the group with four points, one ahead of Algeria and Ghana. South Africa lie at the bottom with one point.

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