Ghana 2-0 Cape Verde (As it happened; Minutes by minutes)

                               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

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