2019 AFCON MATCH REPORT: Ghana 2-2 Benin - Unlucky Black Stars share spoils with Benin Featured
25 Jun

2019 AFCON MATCH REPORT: Ghana 2-2 Benin - Unlucky Black Stars share spoils with Benin

Ten-man Ghana failed to start their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a victory after sharing spoils with Benin in Group F opener.

The Black Stars of Ghana were held to a 2-2 stalemate by the Squirrels of Benin at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday evening.
 
Coach Kwesi Appiah's side dominated the first department of the match despite conceding in the early minutes of the game.
 
Turkish based Mickaël Poté fetched the opener for Benin on the second minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner of goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
 
The Black Stars gained possession to pile pressure on their counterparts as they levelled the score after seven minutes.
 
Skipper Andre Ayew grabbed the equaliser with a fine strike on the 9th minute to restore tr parity of the match.
 
On the 35th minute, Ghana made an early substitution as Samuel Owusu replaced Thomas Agyepong who sustained a thigh injury during the match.
 
Substitute Samuel Owusu announced his presence with left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
 
Striker Jordan Ayew ended the first half in a 1-0 lead in favor of the four-time champions of the tournament with a superb strike on the stroke of halftime.
 
Back from recess, Benin dominated the half to end the match in a 2-2 stalemate with Mickaël Poté bagging brace.
 
A 50th minute header from Mickaël Pote went wide as they intensified their pressure on the Black Stars.
 
Defender John Boye was marched off by the referee after picking a second yellow card on the 55th minute.
 
Mickaël Poté completed his day with a brace after netting his second of the day on the 63rd minute to deny Ghana from earning all the needed points.
 
Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu tried their luck with audacious strikes as well as Jodel Dossou of Benin but their efforts could result them scoring the match-winner.
 
Jordan Adeoti fired a long range strike in the dying embers of the match but his shot went wide as well as Steve Mounie late header.
 
Earlier, Cameroon inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Guinea Bissau to with on top of Group F.
 
Ghana will take on Cameroon in their second Group F match whiles Benin will battle out with Guinea Bissau on Saturday.
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