Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan struck late in injury time to secure victory for the Black Stars, in order to keep their hopes of qualification for the African Cup of Nations quarter- finals alive. The 29-year-old talismanic Ghanaian striker latched onto a long ball and fired home an unstoppable angled drive. This was a dramatic end to the game which meant that Avram Grant’s men remained in the competition.
The game had very few openings and shots in the first half; the Desert Foxes had one clear chance 20 minutes into the match, when Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb, 20, side footed wide from around the penalty spot. After that chance the game looked as though it was heading for a stalemate.
It was a physical match, with many bad-blooded tackles flying about and there could have been more red cards as Bentaleb, Belfodil and Badu all escaped punishment after they were involved in a bust-up.
The quality of play did not improve after the break, but Ghana showed more intent and played with a higher intensity further up the pitch.
Gyan played brilliantly in the second half, with few missed chances before he snatched a priceless victory for the Black Stars. The captain, who was absent from Ghana’s opening loss against Senegal, as he was recovering from a bout of malaria, was the star of the match. He was still lacking a little bit of match fitness on his return, but as the game grew, he started to grow into it and had the last say for his country with his 45th international goal.
Gyan left Sunderland in 2012 for a lucrative deal with Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain, but the last year was extremely difficult for him; few months back he was associated with media speculations that linked him to the alleged ritual sacrifice of his friends, the Ghanaian rapper Castro and his girlfriend. The pair disappeared in late July while jet skiing during a holiday with Gyan’s family. Both, the rapper and his girlfriend, were presumed drowned, but their bodies were never recovered, which lead to various malicious theories over what exactly happened with the pair. The footballer has always denied association with any ritual sacrifice of his friends.