RELIVE: Ghana vs Equatorial Guinea (African Cup of Nations)

Ghana's Andre Ayew, second from left, reacts after scoring a penalty during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match against Senegal in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 (Photo: AP)
Ahram Online
Thursday 5 Feb 2015
Ahram Online is providing a live coverage of Thursday's African Cup of Nations semi-final clash between Ghana vs Equatorial Guinea

Full time: Equatorial Guinea 0-3 Ghana 

90+3 The referee blows the final whistle, Ghana 3-0 Equatorial Guinea after a 30-minute stoppage time due to fans' pitch invasion near the end. 

90+3 The Ghana players are moving the ball around in an attempt to save energy in already-settled game.

90' The referee continues the game as we will be playing a three minute of stoppage time.

It seems that the ref will recommence the game after a nearly 30-minute stoppage.

It is rumored that tear gas has been fired behind the goal Ghana were attacking in the second half, will the referee still resume the match?

Guinea players are appealing to their home fans to stop hurling empty bottles at their Ghanaian counterparts - who had no option but to escape by invading the pitch.

Equatorial Guinea are now facing expulsion from the Nations Cup after these ugly scenes with just 12 minutes remaining of regular time.

The referee looks set to resume the match as he orders both staffs to return to their respective benches.

Police helicopters hovering over the stadium now, an unfortunate scene in Africa's top competition.

The referee is yet to resume the match folloiwng the invasion of fans, who appeared to be Ghanaians attempting to run from the Equatorial Guineans.

84' The referee halts the game following the home fans' invasion of the pitch, as it remains to be seen whether he will continue the match or not.

83' Acheampong replaces Ayew for Ghana's second substitution.

80' Doualla blasts high for the desperate hosts from outside the area.

77' Ghana's first change of the game, where Agyemang-Badu replaces Wakasu.

75' Ayew slots home into an empty net following a pass from Appiah, who beat the keeper to the ball, from the left.

75' GOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Ayew makes it three for Ghana!!!!

74' Sipoto replaces Salvador for Equatorial Guinea.

73' A powerful cross from Nsue from the right proves difficult for the keeper, as he gathers the ball on two attempts.

69' Equatorial Guinea's Salvador and Ghana's Acquah are now booked.

65' Andre Ayew cautioned but TV replays show the referee's decision was somewhat harsh.

63' Ghana are in full control now, as Equatorial Guinea look to have thrown in the towel

62' Ghana full-back Rahman Baba proving handful down the left flank, troubling the hosts with his runs and crosses. 

59' The first substitution of the game sees Raul Fabiani replace the yellow-carded Vazquez. 

58' Appioah guilty of another glaring miss after going one on one with the keeper when he could have rounded him easiliy instead.

56' Ayew fails to meet a dangerous cross in what seemed to be a certain goal!!!

54' Foul for Ghana inside the half of their opponents, who look to be facing an uphill battle to get back into the game.

53' A dangerous counter attack after an awfully-implemented corner kick by Equatorial Guinea, squandered away by Ghana - who could have done much better than that to widen the gap.

49' Jordan Ayew evades two challengers with one touch inside the box as the Equatoguinean defense eventually clears away, out for corner.

The second half begins.

45+3 The ref blows the halftime whistle, it's the end of the first half.

45+2 Akasu finishes off a quick counter attack brilliantly after the Ghanaians went three-on-one to double the scoring.  

45+2 GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Ghana two just before half time!!

43' Ghana right-back Afful is another one to be booked following a rash foul on Bolboa.

42' Equatoguinean keeper Felipe Ovono was yellow carded for the penalty he conceded.

42 GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! Jordan Ayew puts Ghana ahead after cooly converting the spot kick!!

41' Appiah goes through on goal before the keeper fouls him inside the box, with the referee not hesitating to point to the spot!

41' Ghana awarded a PENALTY!!!

37Daniel Evuy Vazquez goes into the referee's book after conceding a free kick following a foul on Baba near the byline.

33' Foul for Equatorial Guinea, with so many fouls given by the referee as both sides look tense.

30' Wakasu strikes from outside the box, but his effort goes wide of the post.

28' Both sides are still unable to pose real threat on goal.

23' Evan Edu seems frutstrated after the ref adjudged him to have fouled a Ghana center-back before going through on goal.

20' Atsu runs onto a through ball towards goal, but the keeper again rushes out to deny the Ghanaian.

18' The hosts' keeper gets out of goal in time to deny Ayew, before Mubarak gets yellow-carded by the ref after fouling an Equatoguinean attacker on the break.

15' Ghana bossing possession, while failing to creat clear-cut chances as the hosts seem to be relying on quick counter attacks.

14' Ghana's attackers have been adjudged to have been offside for three times so far, they should position themselves rightly from now on.

12' The hosts appeal for a free kick outside the right hand side of the box but the ref waves play on.

9' Ayew manages to break clear as his shot is blocked by the oppositions' defense to deny the Ghanaians what could have been a certain goal.

7' Equatorial Guinea exploit space behind the Ghanaian midfield to launch a dangerous attack but the finishing touch is so dissapointing from the hosts. 

5' A spell of dominance for the Ghanaians, as Atsu is finally adjudged by the referee to have been in an offside position.

3' Foul for Ghana in midfield as they attempt to retain possession early on.

The game gets underway.

Starting lineups:

Ghana: Razak Brimah - Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye - Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu - Jordan Ayew, Kwesi Appiah.

Equatorial Guinea: Felipe Ovono - Daniel Evuy Vazquez, Enrique Boula Senobua, Ellong Doualla Viera, Ivan Zarandona - Rui Fernando Da Gracia, Ivan Edu Salvador, Javier Balboa, Ruben Rodriguez, Emilio Nsue.

20: 58 The Equato-Guinean national anthem. 

20:55 The Ghanaian national is currently being played.

20:53 The stadium looks to be packed with fans, as players are lining up for the national anthem. 

20:50 Both teams are currently in the tunnel now as they prepare to step onto the pitch.

20:40 Balboa will again be the source of inspiration for the team. He has stood out with his maturity and class.

20:30 If the host nation's passage to the semi-final was controversial, the Black Stars' qualification was most convincing as they dumped Guinea 3-0.

20:25 This will be Ghana's fifth consecutive semi-final, while the Nations Lightning are in the last four for the first time.

20:20 Both teams are currently warming up now, with 40 minutes left till kick off.

20:00 The Ghana national team bus has arrived to the stadium, as the match is due to start after one hour.

19:30 Ghana coach Avram Grant said he feels there have been a couple of bad refereeing calls at the tournament, but preferred to focus on preparing his team.

"If the referee will do two, three (mistakes), I cannot control (it). I can control only our performance. I think the referees until now - except (for) one or two games - have been good. And I am sure everyone will be watching this and everybody who needs to take care of this will do their job." former Chelsea boss Grant was quoted as saying by the BBC.

19:00 "We're not thinking about all that, all we're interested in is the pitch," said the Marseille forward. We hope everything will go well with the referees. We're not worried." Ayew said.

18:30 The hosts have controversially sealed a semi-final berth after being awarded a highly debatable penalty towards the end of regular time of thier last-eight clash with Tunisia, who eventually lost the game 2-1 in extra time.

18:00 Ghana star Andre Ayew insists his team are ignoring the furore surrounding Africa Cup of Nations semi-final opponents Equatorial Guinea's supposed favourable refereeing.

17:30 Ghana's starting lineup according to Ghana's FA official website: Razak Brimah - Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye - Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu - Jordan Ayew, Kwesi Appiah.

17:00 It is now confirmed skipper and team's star striker Asamoah Gyan will be missing the game as he failed to recover from an abdominal injury.

16:00 Becker, an Argentine who coached Equatorial Guinea’s women’s team before taking over the men three weeks before the tournament, said his team was suprising everyone.

15:00 Despite Equatorial Guinea’s fortunate penalty against Tunisia, a call which got Mauritian official Rajindraparsad Seechurn suspended for poor refereeing, Ghana coach Avram Grant said he was worried only about what he can influence.

14:00 Ghana are one of the best teams on the continent, and are in the semifinals for the fifth straight tournament. The four-time champions last reached the African Cup final in 2010 but lost to Egypt, and last won the title in 1982.

13:00 Equatorial Guinea took over as host from Morocco only in mid-November, and the national soccer team, disqualified from the qualifiers for cheating, was hastily assembled, as were two of the venues. Second place in Group A gave the team a spot in the quarterfinals, and a late penalty call in the knockout match against Tunisia led to a spot in the semifinals

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 19:00 GMT (21:00 Cairo time)

Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo (Malabo)

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