Ghana vs. Cape Verde: African Cup of Nations Live Score, Highlights and Recap
African Cup of Nations: First Quarterfinal
Full-time: Ghana 2 Cape Verde 0
Ghana: 16-Fatau Dauda; 4-John Pantsil, 15-Isaac Vorsah, 21-John Boye, 23-Harrison Afful; 8-Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, 10-Albert Adomah, 11-Rabiu Mohammed, 20-Kwadwo Asamoah; 7-Christian Atsu; 3-Asamoah Gyan. Subs: Derek Boateng, Wakaso Mubarak, Solomon Asante
Cape Verde: 1-Vozinha; 18-Nivaldo, 3-Fernando Varela, 6-Nando, 23-Carlitos; 5-Babanco, 15-Marco Soares, 8-Toni Varela; 10-Heldon 20-Ryan Mendes, 11-Julio Tavares. Subs: Platini, Rambe, Djaniny
Ghana are through to the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations after substitute Mubarak Wakaso scored two second half goals against Cape Verde.
After an uneventful first half the game sprang into life when Ghana were awarded a controversial penalty on 54 minutes. Asamoah Gyan was through on goal when Carlitos shoulder-barged him to win back the ball. It looked like a good challenge but the referee pointed to the spot and the Espanyol winger struck the ball down the middle of the goal.
Ghana then had to put up a stiff resistance as Cape Verde threw everything forward in the hope of finding an equalizer. Ghana’s keeper, Fatau Dauda, put in a Man of the Match performance and pulled of a number of fine saves to keep his team in the match.
The second goal came in injury time when Cape Verde had sent everyone, including the keeper, up the field for a corner. When the ball was cleared Wakaso was free to run unchallenged into the Ghana penalty area and put the ball into an empty net.
For Cape Verde, the fairytale is over. From eliminating Cameroon in the qualifiers to finishing second and unbeaten in Group A, this tiny island nation had stood up to Africa’s football royalty and come out victorious. They deserved to win today and put in a fine attacking display.
Ghana will play the winner of Burkina Faso vs. Togo in the semi-final.
Ghana just did enough but will need to improve if they want to end their 31 year wait to reclaim this trophy. Thanks for staying with us today.
Ghana are through to the semifinal at the expense of a Cape Verde side that have inspired a continent.
Cape Verde were the better side in the second half but couldn't find a breakthrough. The scoreline is not a true reflection of the match and Cape Verde would have been worthy winners.
Cape Verde, a 10-island archipelago off the West African coast, played some great attacking football in the second half.
Head coach and former Air-Traffic Controller Lúcio Antunes has received numerous calls of congratulations for his feats in this competition, including calls from the President of Cape Verde and his close friend Jose Mourinho. He deserves even more praise after today and managed to outplay one of the continents footballing giants.
The turning point was the penalty to Ghana. It was a harsh decision by the referee as Gyan was shoulder to shoulder with the defender and simply got out-muscled.
For Ghana, the ghosts of two years ago when they lost in the quarterfinals to Uruguay have been vanquished and they have a great chance of getting to the final.
Their keeper, Fatau Dauda, had a great game and kept them in the tournament today but they look a shadow of the Ghana teams that have previously lit up this tournament.
90+6: Full-time: Ghana 2 Cape Verde 0
The Cape Verde keeper came up for the free-kick and when it was cleared Wakaso had a free run at goal and slotted the ball into an empty net.
90+5 Ghana SCORE!!! 2-0
90+4 Unbelievable save. The keeper claws the ball against his own post and then out for a corner.
90+3' Incredible run by Carlitos. He is body-checked just outside the box and Cape Verde have a free-kick. This is their last chance.
90+2 Brave defending from Nando as he blocks a powerful strike.
90' Badu nearly scores for Ghana but his shot is blocked. 5 minutes of extra-time to play.
89' Cape Verde getting desperate. Babanco makes a late challenge to give away a free-kick.
86' Time running out for Cape Verde. They play the ball into the box to Rambe but he with the head of a Ghana player.
85' The referee incredibly intercepts a corner by Cape Verde. Ghana then break quickly but Wakaso blasts his shot wide.
83' Varela saves his side from going 2-0 down with a challenge on Gyan. Gyan should have done better.
82' A beautiful strike by Djaniny. The keeper makes an incredible save to push the ball out for a corner.
80' The referee fails to spot a corner kick for Cape Verde and gives a goal-kick instead. Rambes comes on for Taveres.
78' Asante comes on for Atsu.
77' Babanco has another long range shot. It goes straight to the keeper.
Platini has been excellent since coming on.
73' Corner to Cape Verde. They play it short and Platini is fouled by Wakaso. The free-kick is whipped in but no one attacks it and it goes out for a goal-kick.
It's interesting that Gyan didn't take the penalty. There were reports that he had handed penalty responisbilites over to his teammates after missing a few crucial ones, such as the last minute penalty against Uruguay in the World Cup quarterfinal two years ago. Wayne Rooney has done the same at Manchester United, asking Robin van Persie to take penalties from now on.
70' Dauda is being treated for a hand injury. He punched the ball and somehow hurt his hand. Might have been carrying an injury into this game.
68' Djaniny, a 21-year-old who plays for Benfica B team, has come on for Cape Verde.
66' Heldon decides to have a shot from a free-kick 40 yards from goal. He doesn't score.
64' There is a stop in play as Boye is treated for a head injury
The referee is giving everything to Ghana at the moment. I think the penalty decision was wrong and any 50/50 is going to Ghana.
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