African Nations Cup

January 28, 2013

Full-time

Niger

0 - 3

Ghana

Group B

17:00 +00:00, January 28, 2013

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Referee: Badara Diatta

Ghana cruise into knockout stages

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Ghana sealed top spot in African Nations Cup Group B and a quarter-final meeting with Cape Verde by outclassing Niger in Port Elizabeth.

The World Cup quarter-finalists were simply too strong for opponents who finished bottom of the pool and might have enjoyed an even more emphatic win.

Asamoah Gyan set the Black Stars on their way and Christian Atsu added a second before the break.

John Boye ended any faint hopes of a Niger comeback with the third soon after the break.

Niger, who needed a win to have any chase of progression, could look to one moment as a possible turning point, when they scored what they thought was an equaliser only to have it disallowed, but in truth they were dominated from the outset.

The Black Stars went in front after six minutes when Albert Adomah's ball in front the right was controlled with one touch Gyan, who then lashed home a low finish with his second.

Niger almost got an instant equaliser but their goal was disallowed with Moussa Maazou penalised, somewhat harshly, for a foul on goalkeeper Fatau Dauda.

The underdogs chanced their arm again when Mohammed Chicoto went for the spectacular, with his overhead attempt sailing over.

But it was at the back where they had problems and they fell further behind in the 23rd minute.

Gyan this time turned provider and his left-wing cross was controlled by the chest and then skilfully knocked in by Atsu at the back post.

Ghana almost had a third before the break only for Kassaly Daouda to superbly parry Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu's drilled shot.

Instead number three came just four minutes after half-time.

Gyan's header was saved, but Boye, sporting a peroxide cross in his hair, was the quickest to react and tapped home the rebound from barely a yard.

Niger had no answer to their opponents' far superior ability, and they would have conceded again had Gyan not contrived to send a half-volley wide when it seemed easier to score.

It was never going to prove costly, though, as Ghana coasted to a comfortable win.

Scoring Summary

Niger Ghana
 Asamoah Gyan (6')
 Christian Atsu (23')
 John Boye (49')

Teams

Niger Ghana
16 Kassaly Daouda16 Fatau Dauda
18 Kaffi KowaJohn Pantsil
19 Issiaka Koudize15 Issac Vorsah
23 Mohamed Soumaila23 Harrison Afful
21 Mohamed Bachar21 John Boye
13 Mohammed Chicoto20 Kwadwo Asamoah
8 Kourouma Fatoukoma10 Albert Adomah
Karim LancinaEmmanuel Agyemang-Badu
10 Boubacar Talatou11 Mohammed Rabiu
Ouwo Moussa MaazouChristian Atsu
7 Modibo SidibeAsamoah Gyan
Substitutes
1 Moussa Toldo AlmouzaDaniel Agyei 1
15 Ismael AlassaneJonathan Mensah 19
Amadou KaderRichard Boateng 2
5 Lucky JamesJerry Akaminko 13
Laoisali IdrissaMohammed Awal 5
12 Souleyamane SakoDerek Boateng 9
14 Boubacar IssoufouAnthony Annan 6
17 William N'GounouSolomon Asante 14
Kamilou DaoudaEmmanuel Clottey 17
11 Issoufou DanteRichmond Boakye 18
Substitutions
Amadou Kader for Mohamed Bachar (60)
Solomon Asante for Albert Adomah (63)
Boubacar Issoufou for Issiaka Koudize (61)
Derek Boateng for Mohammed Rabiu (72)
Issoufou Dante for Modibo Sidibe (79)
Emmanuel Clottey for Asamoah Gyan (78)
Yellow Cards
Issiaka Koudize (21)
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (33)
Mohammed Chicoto (25)
 
Kaffi Kowa (51)
 
Mohamed Soumaila (87)
 
· Squads: Niger | Ghana