Late goal stuns Stars … As Senegal holds them to a 2-1 score

SENEGALSENEGAL put up a solid performance to end their eight-match winless run in the African Cup of Nations as Moussa Sow struck deep into injury time to beat Ghana 2-1 at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea yesterday.

Playing under the watchful eye of coach Avram Grant, Ghana had managed only the tiniest of leads by half-time, and that was a penalty – a clear-cut one, too, as Christian Atsu had his ankles removed from underneath him by the hands of goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Skipper Andre Ayew converted the spot kick beautifully.

However, despite several chances, they failed to pull away from their opponents; Jonathan Mensah misdirected his header even though he was in plenty of space, and just before the break Atsu was denied by the goalkeeper after good work down the right from Jordan Ayew.

Senegal, lacking in Ghana’s pace, managed a few opportunities, with Mbodji hitting the woodwork, and Stoke’s Mame Diouf forcing Razak Braimah into a finger-tip save from an acrobatic overhead kick.

In the second half, though, Ghana lost their way – and they looked like patch-work side, as Diouf grabbed the equaliser on 58 minutes, which was no more than Senegal deserved. His initial attempt had hit the woodwork, and he bravely dived and bundled the ball over the line.

It took until the final kick of the game for a decisive goal. Substitute Moussa Sow had already missed a couple of good chances, but he made no mistake in the third minute of stoppage time, striking cleanly with his right root past impressive Braimah – to break the hearts of Ghanaians.

The Stars must now win their next two games against Algeria on Friday and South Africa next week to be sure of a quarter final berth.

By the Sports Desk (with files from Eurosport)

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