Ghana reach AFCON semis with 2-1 win over DR Congo
Ghana claimed a 2-1 win over DR Congo on Sunday to book their spot in the semi-final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
DR Congo failed to take advantage of their strong start to the game and wasted several chances during the first half.
Seven minutes into the game, Dieumerci Mbokani rounded Ghana keeper Brimah Razak, only to hit the post. Mbokani wasted another chance eight minutes to halftime as a fine pass from Paul-Jose M’Poku found the Hull City forward but the latter shot wide.
The Black Stars took the lead just after the one-hour mark when Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew beat two defenders before curling the ball past Congo keeper Ley Matampi.
Ghana’s opener was cancelled out five minutes later as Paul-Jose M’Poku levelled for DR Congo, sending a powerful strike from outside the box into the top-right corner.
Ghana regained their lead 12 minutes from time, when West Ham’s Andre Ayew converted from the spot after Christian Atsu was fouled by Lomalisa Mutambala inside the box.
DR Congo pushed for an equaliser that would take the game to extra time but failed, as Ghana held firm to claim a 2-1 win and reach the semi-final. The Black Stars will now face Cameroon, who defeated Senegal on penalties, for a place in the final.
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