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Africa Cup of Nations

Ohene Djan Stadium (ATT 8,000) 5th February 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Alioum Neant

Ghana Ghana vs Tunisia Tunisia

Ghana 2

J Mensah (9)
A Ayew (101)


Tunisia 1

S Khelifa (42)
A Abdennour (S/O 108)

After Extra Time

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:37 pm, February 5th 2012

  1. 120+3

    That's it, Ghana have secured a semi-final date with Zambia after a 2-1 win in extra-time following that horrible goalkeeping error from Mathlouthi. Tunisia wll feel hard done by after a super performance. Thank you for joining us and good night.

  2. 120+3

    Corner to Tunisia - they take it short but amazing skills from Msakni who beats his man from a tight angle but instead of squaring the ball he opts to shoot - and despite a save from the keeper - a goalkick is awarded and Kwarasey hoofs the ball as far up field as possible.

  3. 120

    Msakni and Darragi combine well to give Tunisia hope with just minutes to go - there will be three minutes of added time.

  4. 118

    Jordon Ayew has dropped to the ground for the slightest of headbutts from a Tunisian defender, this game won't end with handshakes all round.

  5. 116

    Darragi has made a positive impact with his silky skills. This match has certainly livened up, but can Ghana hold on?

  6. 113

    The referee has completely lost control of this match with the Tunisians putting in some very aggressive tackles. Msakni is now fouled by Anthony Annan, who picks up a yelow card.

  7. 109

    Khelil Chammem is lucky to escape without a booking after putting his studs into Ayew's chest.

  8. 108

    Aymen Abdennour is sent off for an elbow on Andre Ayew. The referee took an age to produce the card, which sparked a mini melee with a number of players squaring up to each other.

  9. 106

    We are back underway here in Franceville...

  10. 105+2

    Tunisia a whisker away from finding an equaliser at the end of the first half of extra time as Msakni swings boot to a ball floated into the box, but with the keeper beaten, the ball squirms past the post.

  11. 105

    Zouhair Dhaouadi is off, Ousama Darragi is on.

  12. 101

    Aymen Mathlouthi has gifted Andre Ayew a goal. The Tunisian stopper went up to claim a cross from Agyemang and unapposed, he dropped the ball at the feet of Ayew, who made no mistake from close range.

  13. 100

    Prince Tagoe comes on to relieve Asamoah Gyan.

  14. 99

    Ghana are not enjoying being on the back foot for so long with Tunisia really playing some great football - they are struggling to get a hold of the ball here.

  15. 96

    Great chance for Ghana as Asamoah feeds Gyan - it looked as though Mathlouthi may have handled the ball outside of the box - although at second glance he looks to have used his knee to clear the ball.

  16. 93

    Very nervy moments for Ghana as Tunisia threaten again, the Black Stars come away with the ball and launch an attack of their own.

  17. 91

    Jemaa has the ball in the back of the net after a super chip forward by Youssef Msakni but it doesn't stand with the striker a yard offside.

  18. 90

    Tunisia get us underway...

  19. The players are ready to take the field again for the first half of extra time...

  20. It has ended 1-1 here after normal time, with extra-time on it's way, for the second time today. Don't go anywhere...

  21. 90+3

    Gyan skies a long-range free-kick well over the bar. A wasted opportunity from the striker with the clock winding down.

  22. 90

    There will be three minutes of added time.

  23. 87

    It is all patient build up from Ghana and quick breaks from Tunisia but with just a few minutes remaining, we look to be heading for extra-time.

  24. 85

    Jemaa smashes a shot goalward but Kwarasey makes a good save to deny the substitute.

  25. 82

    Bilel Ifa is off, Anis Boussaidi is on.

  26. 77

    Yellow card to Emmanuel Agyemang Badu for a foul on Msakni.

  27. 76

    Gyan is denied again, this time after a first-time shot from a ball over the top - but Mathlouthi is equal to his effort.

  28. 74

    Ayew Sr. headers over from another corner. Are Ghana getting closer to the target? Super save from Aymen Mathlouthi. Asamoah bustled past hisman beofre teeing up Gyan, who made the keeper work.

  29. 72

    Jordon Ayew shows off his skills to drive into the box before his older brother wreaks havoc with the Tunisian defence with two super corners, that the Carthage Eagles somehow manage to keep out.

  30. 70

    Youssef Msakni has a great chance to give his side the lead with a shot from inside the box but his effort is deflected off target by a Ghana defender - a huge let off for the tournament favourites.

  31. 69

    Jamel Saihi is off as Issam Jemaa comes on.

  32. 66

    Gyan lets rip with a fierce effort after turning well in the box, but the shot is comfortably wide in the end.

  33. 64

    Sulley Muntari is off as Jordon Ayew makes his introduction.

  34. 60

    Boye makes a crucial intervention to deny Saihi after a deft flick on from Khlifa. Ghana went to sleep at the back there.

  35. 59

    Asamoah fires a shot high and wide from distance. Good stuff here from Ghana but they are resorting to shooting from outside the box, a sure sign of frustration for Gyan and Co.

  36. 53

    Isaac Vorsah is brought on to replace Mensah who cannot continue after that heavy tackle.

  37. 52

    Jamel Saihi is lucky not to be booked for a lunging tackle on John Mensah in his own box.

  38. 50

    Sulley Muntari looks to have been fouled on the edge of the Tunisia box after a searching run, but the referee waves play on.

  39. 47

    Gyan is unable to collect a great ball forward into the box from Mensah as Ghana look to get into their attacking stride early on here.

  40. The two teams are back on the field and Ghana get this second half underway...

  41. The ref has blown the whistle to signal the end of the first half. It ends all square at the half way stage. Ghana looked to be in control but have allowed Tunisia back into this one. Stay tuned for a tense second half...

  42. 45

    There will be two minutes of added time.

  43. 44

    Tunisia are certainly looking like a side that can score goals, now they have found a way through, they are sure to pepper Ghana with crosses in search of a second.

  44. 42

    Saber Khlifa has nodded home at the far post after a great cross from Zouhair Dhaouadi. Khlifa got above Inkoom to beat Kwarasey at his near post.

  45. 38

    Jamel Saihi takes aim but can't keep his shot on target from the left-hand side of Ghana's goal.

  46. 36

    Ayew headers just wide from a searching cross from Inkoom.

  47. 32

    Yellow card to Karim Haggui for throwing the ball away after giving away a free-kick.

  48. 30

    Big penalty appeals for Tunisia for a foul on Saber Khlifa by Samuel Inkoom but the referee has somehow decided it is a...goal kick.

  49. 26

    Adam Kwarasey is forced to race out of his box and clear a poor backpass with Youssef Msakni closing in on the goal.

  50. 25

    Khelil Chammem skies the resultant free-kick well over the cross bar.

  51. 24

    John Boye is yellow carded for a tackle on Jamel Saihi.

  52. 22

    Ghana win a free-kick right on the edge of the Tunisia box as Aymen Abdennour brings down Dede Ayew. Ayew slips as he takes teh set-piece and his kick goes over the bar.

  53. 20

    Tunisia win a corner of their own but Karim Haggui is blown up for a foul as he leaps high to head the ball.

  54. 17

    Sulley Muntari is close to extending his side's early lead but he just can't get his head to a teasing corner.

  55. 15

    Impressive stuff early on from Ghana with Kwadwo Asamoah delivering a super cross from the left-hand side before Emmanuel Agyemang Badu's driving run down te right.

  56. 10

    John Mensah has headed the ball into the back of the net following a near post flick on from an early corner, what a start for Ghana.

  57. Tunisia have made four changes with Wissem Ben Yahia, Issam Jemaa, Anis Bossaidi and Rami Jeridi all out - to be replaced by Mejdi Traoui, Dhaoudi Zouhaier, Aymen Mathlouthi and Aymen Abdennour.

  58. Ghana captain John Mensah is recalled for the Black Stars. He partners John Boye in central defence. Isaac Vorsah, makes way along with John Paintsil. Sulley Muntari is another player back in the side while goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has won his battle for fitness. Finally Anthony Annan starts despite the death of his mother on Thursday.

  59. 6

    Ghana enjoying the bulk of the possession early on although Youssef Msakni tries to get a shot away in the box but is crowded out after wanting too long on the ball.

  60. Tunisia line up as follows: 16-Aymen Mathlouthi; 20-Aymen Abdennour, 3-Karim Haggui, 2-Bilel Ifa, 12-Khelil Chammem; 6-Hocine Ragued, 21-Jamel Saihi, 14-Mejdi Traoui, 15-Zouhair Dhaouadi, 7-Youssef Msakni; 19-Saber Khlifa.

  61. Here are the two line-ups: Ghana: 16-Adam Kwarasey; 7-Samuel Inkoom, 21-John Boye, 5-John Mensah, 14-Masawudu Alhassan; 6-Anthony Annan, 8-Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, 10-Dede Ayew, 20-Kwadwo Asamoah; 11-Sulley Muntari, 3-Asamoah Gyan

  62. 3

    This tie has begun relatively slowly with both sides testing each other out.

  63. 1

    Tunisia gets this contest underway, the last of the quarter-finals.

  64. There will be a minute's silence for the tragic events that unfolded in Egypt this week.

  65. The teams are lining up for the national anthems, we are only inutes away from kick-off.

  66. The Black Stars have not lost a game to Tunisia in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, while they have also won seven of the last 13 encounters between the two teams, with the north Africans winning four.

  67. Ghana will hope history repeats itself when they clash in Franceville this evening.

  68. Good evening and welcome to tonight's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final featuring Ghana and Tunisia.



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1 Congo 3 7
2 Equatorial Guinea 3 5
3 Gabon 3 3
4 Burkina 3 1

Africa Cup of Nations Group B

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1 Tunisia 3 5
2 DR Congo 3 3
3 Cape Verde 3 3
4 Zambia 3 2

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1 Ghana 3 6
2 Algeria 3 6
3 Senegal 3 4
4 South Africa 3 1

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1 Ivory Coast 3 5
2 Guinea 3 3
3 Mali 3 3
4 Cameroon 3 2