GHANA 2-0 CAPE VERDE
– Ghana qualify for the semi-final with a 2-0 win, putting an end to Cape Verde’s dreams.
90 + 5’ – The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.
– Ghana break from the corner and push the ball up the field with their goalkeeper left stranded in Ghana’s half. Wakaso slips the ball into an empty net
90 + 4’ – Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) scores!
90 + 3’ – Free-kick in a dangerous area for Cape Verde. Ghana have been poor in defending set-pieces all game, they need to remain focused if they want to win
90’ – Five minutes will be added
90’ – Badu chases down a ball into the box but it is flicked out for a corner after it rebounded off the knee of a defender
89’ – Last few minutes plus stoppage time for Cape Verde to find an equaliser. Can they do it!
87’ – Rambe (Cape Verde) is cautioned.
84’ – Ghana Substitution: Derek Boateng replaces Mohammed Rabiu
83’ – Ghana’s attack is broken down by Gyan is flagged for offside
81’ – Djaniny with a cracker of a strike which flies just wide of the goal. Corner kick is rushed by Heldon but Dauda saves
80’ – Cape Verde Substitution: Rambe replaces Julio Tavares
79’ – Babanco delivers in a set-piece but it skips through the box and out. Ghana looking unconvincing on the set-piece front
77’ – Ghana Substitution: Solomon Asante replaces Christian Atsu
77’ – Another ball from Babanco which skips on the ground and into the hands of Dauda. Ghana lacking in possession now
74’ – Babanco flings in a set-piece from the byline which curls in towards the box but just flies a bit too high over his men
72’ – Babanco takes a shot from outside the D but it goes high over the bar
71’ – Finally, we are back underway
69’ – Play stopped for a little bit as Dauda receives medical attention
67’ – Yellow card: Harrison Afful (Ghana) is cautioned.
67’ – Cape Verde Substitution: Djaniny replaces Toni Varela
66’ – Heldon makes an audacious effort at goal but it goes high and wide. Cape Verde still pressing well though
64’ – Asamoah sends in a corner into the box. It is flicked away before the referee blows for a foul after several players took a tumble.
60’ – Badu fires into the side netting but his strike is flagged for offside
58’ – Fantastic save by Dauda who gets a hand to Platini’s shot and pushes it out for a corner, however the set-piece isn’t well worked.
56’ – Dangerous by Ghana as they unconvincingly clear the ball away with a bicycle clearance from Pantsil
55’ – Close by Cape Verde. Heldon connects with a volley but fires just inches wide
– Wakaso hands Ghana the lead after coming off the bench just five minutes ago
53’ GOAL: Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) takes a penalty kick on goal.
53’ – Carlitos barges down Gyan to concede a spot-kick
53’ – Penalty to Ghana
53’ – Yellow card: Carlitos (Cape Verde) is cautioned.
52’ – Tavares connects to the end of a set-piece but Dauda saves with a dive at the near post
– Mendes can’t continue and is replaced
51’ – Cape Verde Substitution: Platini replaces Ryan Mendes
51’ – Ghana concede a free-kick in a dangerous area.
48’ – Mendes looks to be struggling. He went down to ground by himself. It is not looking positive
– Ghana make a strange change just a minute into the second half
46’ – Ghana Substitution: Mubarak Wakaso replaces Albert Adomah
46’ – The second half is underway with no changes having been made
45’ – Two minutes of extra time will be played
|45’ – Two minutes of extra time will be played|
|44’ – Just one more minute remains of the first half. This game is in desperate need of a goal|
|41’ – Ryan Mendes commits a foul inside his own half when Vorsah tried to sheppard the ball back to his ‘keeper by shoving him in the back|
|39’ – Ghana playing the patient possession game right now. Cape Verde’s discipline causing them some frastrating|
|36’ – Good run by Asamoah but the ball is intercepted off his feet by Nando.|
|34’ – Gyan trying to get a reaction from his players by encouraging them verbally. The Black Stars need to get into the game better|
|32’ – So far it has been a very unlike performance by Ghana- they are yet to create a shot at goal|
|29’ – Cape Verde threaten with a ball into the box. Dauda does well to come off his line and dive for the ball, grabbing it off the feet of Soares|
|27’ – Mohammed Rabiu (Ghana) is cautioned.|
|24’ – Asamoah is caught offside. He is spotted telling his players to pass first time and not hesitate. Ghana just lacking the in the final pass|
|22’ – Heldon takes a shot from just outside the D but it goes high over the angular of the frame|
|20’ – Some good and flow on either end of the field but neither team making much of a decent scoring chance|
|18’ – Dauda does well to rush off his line and punch away a shot into the box.|
|16’ – Babanco (Cape Verde) is cautioned.|
|16’ – Ghana earn a free-kick from Babanco’s foul. It is in a promising position, however, Asamoah flies it too long and out of play|
|14’ – Pantsil sails in a cross at goal but it is too high and long for Gyan. Cape Verde with the throw-in|
|12’ – The ball has mainly been bogged down in the midfield. Cape Verde trying hard to threaten at goal but their shot goes astray|
|10’ – Great pacey countar-attacking play by Ghana but their attempt had no success as the ball rolled over the byline|
|9’ – Ghana recover the ball from Tavares’ feet. Cautious start by the Ghanaians so far.|
|6’ – Babanco pulls the trigger but it is a disappionting effort which goes out wide|
|5’ – Cape Verde with some smooth passing down the flank but it goes out of play. Ghana building up from the back again.|
|3’ – Babanco tries a long ball over the defence but it is an inch too far for Tavares. Ghana take their goal kick|
|2’ – Ball bouncing around quite a bit so far. Cape Verde trying to get the ball away from Ghana|
|1’ – The referee blows for the start of the game. Here’s hoping it is classic|
|– The encounter is expected to be a tight fixture with most of the play coming from the Black Stars but the debutants cannot be underestimated as they are fully capable of springing a surprise|
|– For Ghana, the pressure lies on them to reach their second successive semi-final but even with their start-studded line-up it won’t be easy breaking down a highly disciplined Cape Verde side.|
|– Cape Verde’s road to the quarter-final came about by finishing as runners-up to South Africa and inching out Morocco.|
|– For the Blue Sharks it will be a real test for character as they take on the mighty Ghanaians who are one of the favourites to take home the title.|
|– Atsu delivers from a corner. The ball scrambles in the box but Cape Verde get it out of danger|
|– This afternoon will see the first of the four quarter-final matches get underway with Ghana and Cape Verde kicking-off at 17h00 (CAT). Courtesy: MTNfootball|