Ayew's stunner makes up for Black Stars' failure

Karim Farouk, Thursday 23 Feb 2012

Injury-time winner against Inter Milan comes as major relief for Ghana's Andre Ayew following earlier CAN failure

Andre Ayew
Olympic Marseille's Andre Ayew (R) celebrates with teammate Morgan Amalfitano after scoring against Inter Milan (Photo: Reuters)

Olympique de Marseille forward Andre Ayew didn't hold back after scoring the winner in the final seconds of his team's Champions League 1-0 victory over Inter Milan on Wednesday night.

The Ghana talisman went on a mad dash to celebrate the 93rd minute goal, leaving his teammates trying to catch him.

"I was delighted by this goal and I wanted to celebrate it with the fans. When I looked behind I saw my teammates were running behind me – it made me feel good," Ayew was quoted as saying by French daily France Soiree.

The 22-year-old forward went on to say that he had an additional reason to celebrate the winning goal.

"The goal came as a great relief, especially since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. I came back tired and disappointed. People expected us to go far in this CAN," in which title-favourite Ghana ended fourth.

"I had to cope with this failure and the temperature switch to play here. The staff and my teammates helped me to bounce back. I thank them all," he added.

Ayew, who has been inspirational for Ghana, scored a crucial winner to help the Black Stars beat Tunisia 2-1 and reach the semis. But the 2010 World Cup quarterfinalists lost to Zambia 1-0 before losing to Mali 2-0 in the third-place match.

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