Saturday February 11, 2012 places 3/4 Finished Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

Ghana 0 - 2 Mali

  • Tidiane Diabaté 23’, 80’

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    Time:90'
    • Ghana
    • Mali
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    • 90+4 That is it! Mali finish third at the 2012 African Cup of Nations, a decent achievement from Alain Giresse's side.
    • 90+3 Mali still piling it on but Diakate can't reach Keita's cross.
    • 90+2 Could be a third for Mali as they carve Ghana apart but Traore's shot is blocked by Mensah. Good wingplay Diakite.
    • 90' Still Ghana come but Mali are just trying to ride this out - four minutes added on!
    • 89' Muntari with a lunge on Maiga and it's a free-kick on the edge of Mali's box.
    • 87' Sissoko with a decent save from Jordan's rasping rising drive from wide! No, it hit the post!
    • 86' Another Mali sub as Yatabare comes on for a delighted Demble.
    • 85' MALI SUB: Sow off for Keita (Souleymane)
    • 83' Andre completely mis-hits his volley wide after good attacking play by Ghana. Unlike him.
    • 81' Looks like that Mali losing streak is over then - surprises abound at this CAN, wonder if Zambia will pull one off tomorrow.
    • 80' Shades of offside about that goal as Diabate was off during the build-up and possibly when the pass came in from Tamboura.
    • 79' GOAL MALI! 2-0 as Diabate rattles it home from close range after a lovely run and pass down the left by full-back Tamboura.
    • 78' Super cross from Maiga and Diabate meets it but straight at the keeper and the flag was up anyway.
    • 77' Addy chases Dembele down and puts it out for a throw on the Mali right wing. Dembele has done well.
    • 76' Keita has a pop with the free-kick but it sails high and wide. Goal kick.
    • 75' Addy seemed to lightly catch Dembele with an arm but both are fine. I think it was the landing that did for them. Free-kick Mali right-cente, 10 yards from box...
    • 74' The corner comes in but big Diabate heads clear. Down the other end a clash of heads between Dembele and Addy leaves both in a heap.
    • 73' Nervy punch from Sissoko as Ghana loft it into the box and put the pressure on.
    • 72' Good build-up play by Ghana as they knock it around nicely before Andre finds brother Jordan, whose curling shot is just wide!
    • 71' Ghana have a free-kick which is taken short as they look to at least keep some possession.
    • 69' Ghana have a free-kick some way out but wasted by Muntari, miles off target.
    • 68' Keita with a free-kick on the left - excellent ball in but Diabate heads just wide!
    • 67' GHANA SUB: Alhassan on for Asamoah, who is feeling his shoulder.
    • 66' Keita's ball in causes problems but headed behind for a corner.
    • 65' Looking at the replay I can't see why Ghana are arguing as Vorsah is lucky not to have been shown a straight red. Ref spared him a three-match ban there.
    • 64' His first yellow was for a little late trip earlier, but that one was stupid - he was on the deck and, as Dembele tried to move away from him, he stuck his boot up into his belly. Ow.
    • 63' Vorsah with a boot into an opponent's gut and he gets a second yellow card!
    • 62' A long ball catches Maiga out Tagoe's touch is heavy and out for a goal kick.
    • 60' All a bit cagey now. Neither side hugely interested.
    • 59' Kante makes an issue of an easy clearance and eventually it goes out for a throw. He's getting on a bit but still knows where to stand.
    • 58' Yeah Asamoah - I think an old knock recurred.
    • 57' Addy leaves Diakite in a heap but the ref waves play on. A Ghana player is down at the other end too... Asamoah I think.
    • 56' Muntari puts in a poor free-kick and it's cleared - only to Addy, whose cross is cleared by Kante.
    • 55' Both men need treatment it seems. Heavy landing for Traore, who will be booked.
    • 54' Asamoah is brought down Traore in full flight. He needs treatment...
    • 53' Ghana come again, Pantsil with a cross and VORSAH WITH A HEADER DOWN TO MUNTARI WHO FINISHES BUT NO! Offside! Very tight.
    • 52' The corner is cleared but Ghana have it back and start again....
    • 51' Tagoe with a strong run down the right but a crunching slide tackle from Maiga to knock it out for a corner. Kante caught for pace.
    • 50' Keita swings it in but Vorsah nods clear.
    • 49' Mali have a free-kick on the right now. Diabate is up for it, big fella he is.
    • 48' Anyone fancy a Tweet? I'm on Reda_Eurosport, chatting with African Football expert Gary Al Smith about how annoying it is that European media constantly harp on about Prem, Liga and Serie A during African games... Ahem.
    • 47' A lofted ball into the Mali box almost catches Sissoko out but it lands over.
    • 46' GHANA SUB: Muntari is coming on at the break...
    • 45+2 Maiga clears Pantsil's cross. Half-time and Ghana are trailing that Cheick Diabate goal!
    • 45+1 Lovely ball from Keita but Diabate is adjudged offside - seemed on to me with a super diagonal run!
    • 45' Two minutes added time.
    • 44' Decent ball from Keita to the far post but the late arriving man at the post puts it well over.
    • 43' Free-kick to Mali on the left, Keita will swing it in...
    • 42' Mali appear to be willing half-time as Ghana stroke it about nicely enough. No penetration though as a long ball aimed at Jordan isn't used by the OM man.
    • 40' BREAKING NEWS: African relevance as CAF president Issa Hayatou has his mandate extended until 2017.
    • 39' Asamoah with a super first-time ball aimed at Tagoe, but the striker doesn't get there and the keeper Sissokho gathers gratefully!
    • 38' Keita on the right in lots of space but a poor cross is blocked by first-man Asamoah.
    • 37' Asamoah prods it into Jordan's path, he strikes it well but straight at the keeper.
    • 36' GHANA SUB: But it's not Gyan - Tagoe is on for Inkoom. Stevanovic seems desperate not to use Gyan.
    • 35' Timely defensive header from Kante after a good surge down the right for Ghana.
    • 34' Inkoom with a super pull-back to Annan but Mali scramble it clear before he can pull the trigger!
    • 33' Diabate exploits some hesitant defending to get in down the right, in acres of space as Addy goes walkabout and all it needs is a square ball - but he shoots near post, and Larsen keeps it out!
    • 32' Keita swings it in but Vorsah rises to head clear. Coulibaly picks it up but Addy brings it clear.
    • 31' Free-kick to Mali just inside Ghana's half. As ever they will take their time over this...
    • 30' Asamoah is playing as an auxiliiary forward but we all know he's a midfielder, almost getting on to a cross but making his run too late.
    • 29' Vorsah holds off two challenges in the middle, the second of which was illegal says the ref.
    • 28' Gyan is already being spoken to by the coach - this striker-less formation has not really worked.
    • 27' Lots of breaks in the play in this match, neither side up for quick restarts.
    • 26' Mali with some good keep-ball now as they seek to build on their lead. Ghana look half-keen.
    • 25' Mali's players sooth Jordan as the ref attends to the man down... Drinks breather. No need for silliness. Sow was hurt it turns out.
    • 24' Bit of nonsense with Jordan angry with Tamboura's tackle... A Mali player also down...
    • 23' Mali corner... GOAL MALI! Short corner to Keita on the edge of the D, his shot is kept out by Larsen but Diabate taps in the rebound.
    • 22' Diabate on the run but Vorsah shuts him out on the right wing. Corner though!
    • 21' Long ball falls nicely to Jordan but his side-foot effort is straight at the keeper Sissoko.
    • 20' The replay shows Dembele studded Larsen in the chest - seemed accidental but that's got to hurt!
    • 19 Dembele almost gets in but is denied by a brave dive to feet by Larsen!
    • 18' Some good stuff from Mali now as Dembele and Diakite combine but Vorsah clears.
    • 17' Decent ball in but Maiga once again heads clear for Mali. And it's out of play for a goal kick.
    • 16' Ghana have a free-kick on the left. Asamoah to take, Vorsah among the big lads up for it...
    • 15' Still all a bit cagey, you wonder if the handful of fans who have bothered coming tonight are even paying attention - judging by the music they're having fun!
    • 13' Good play by Ghana as Jordan and Addy combine (I will refer to the brothers Ayew by first names): Adu now to Asamoah, but he drags one well wide.
    • 12' Omar Sissoko claims a high ball from Annan well. Ghana looking more lively though.
    • 10' Asamoah's club side could do with him now - Udinese have lost to Milan 2-1 at home in Serie A. Click HERE for a match report!
    • 9' Decent delivery from Asamoah but Diakite heads clear. Ghana throw.
    • 8' Ghana have a free-kick on the right - everyone is up for this one...
    • 6' Corner to Mali. Floated to the back stick, everyone misses it and Pantsil blocks a shot from Diakite! Now Dembele crosses and it almost sneaks over the keeper and in but lands on the roof of the net!
    • 5' Ghana respond with an attack of their own but Pantsil's cross is cleared to touch by Maiga.
    • 4' Mali seem spurred on by that chance as they push forward in numbers.
    • 3' Dembele, of Freiburg, blasts one high and wide after promising build-up play from QPR's Diakite. First sight on goal.
    • 2' Cagey start this, understandable as - while fringe players want to make an impact - they would not wish to be injured mid-season.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 18:58 A minute's silence is observed for the victims of the Port Said stadium disaster in Egypt.
    • 18:55 FACTS: Ghana defeated Mali 2-0 in the group stages thanks to goals from Gyan and Andre Ayew; Mali have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last nine games at the Africa Cup of Nations.
    • 18:55 FACTS: Ghana won their last Africa Cup of Nations third-place match; a 4-2 victory over Ivory Coast in 2008. They lost 0-1 to Zambia in a third place play-off in 1996; Mali have lost all three of their previous Africa Cup of Nations third place playoffs. In 2002 and 2004 they suffered a defeat to Nigeria and in 1994 they finished fourth following a defeat to Ivory Coast.
    • 18:50 Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
    • 18:50 A number of changes for Mali then, as a new keeper is selected and several first-team regulars are dropped for what is little more than a glorified friendly.
    • 18:50 Four changes from their semi exit for Ghana - Asamoah Gyan is out, while Boateng and John Mensah suspended. The Ayew bros both start.
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Ghana: Larsen, Pantsil, Inkoom, J, Mensah, Vorsah, Addy, Annan, Asamoah, Abu, A, Ayew, J, Ayew; Subs: Adjei, Opare, Gyan, J, Mensah, Muntari, Tagoe, Alhassan, Takyi, Sowah /// Mali: Sissoko, Tamboura, Kante, O, Coulibaly, A, Maiga, B, Traore, S, Keita, Sow, S, Diakite, Diabate, Dembele; Subs: S, Diakite, Yatabare, A, Traore, S, Keita, I, Coulibaly, M, Traore, Kone, Sogoba
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the third-place play-off at the African Cup of Nations, with pre-tourney faces Ghana facing Mali: kick-off at 7pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 87' Sissoko with a decent save from Jordan's rasping rising drive from wide! No, it hit the post!
    • 83' Andre completely mis-hits his volley wide after good attacking play by Ghana. Unlike him.
    • 79' GOAL MALI! 2-0 as Diabate rattles it home from close range after a lovely run and pass down the left by full-back Tamboura.
    • 72' Good build-up play by Ghana as they knock it around nicely before Andre finds brother Jordan, whose curling shot is just wide!
    • 68' Keita with a free-kick on the left - excellent ball in but Diabate heads just wide!
    • 63' Vorsah with a boot into an opponent's gut and he gets a second yellow card!
    • 53' Ghana come again, Pantsil with a cross and VORSAH WITH A HEADER DOWN TO MUNTARI WHO FINISHES BUT NO! Offside! Very tight.
    • 37' Asamoah prods it into Jordan's path, he strikes it well but straight at the keeper.
    • 34' Inkoom with a super pull-back to Annan but Mali scramble it clear before he can pull the trigger!
    • 33' Diabate exploits some hesitant defending to get in down the right, in acres of space as Addy goes walkabout and all it needs is a square ball - but he shoots near post, and Larsen keeps it out!
    • 23' Mali corner... GOAL MALI! Short corner to Keita on the edge of the D, his shot is kept out by Larsen but Diabate taps in the rebound.
    • 19 Dembele almost gets in but is denied by a brave dive to feet by Larsen!
    • 6' Corner to Mali. Floated to the back stick, everyone misses it and Pantsil blocks a shot from Diakite! Now Dembele crosses and it almost sneaks over the keeper and in but lands on the roof of the net!
    • 3' Dembele, of Freiburg, blasts one high and wide after promising build-up play from QPR's Diakite. First sight on goal.
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Ghana: Larsen, Pantsil, Inkoom, J, Mensah, Vorsah, Addy, Annan, Asamoah, Abu, A, Ayew, J, Ayew; Subs: Adjei, Opare, Gyan, J, Mensah, Muntari, Tagoe, Alhassan, Takyi, Sowah /// Mali: Sissoko, Tamboura, Kante, O, Coulibaly, A, Maiga, B, Traore, S, Keita, Sow, S, Diakite, Diabate, Dembele; Subs: S, Diakite, Yatabare, A, Traore, S, Keita, I, Coulibaly, M, Traore, Kone, Sogoba

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    Manager: Goran Stevanovic

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    Manager: Alain Giresse

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