Africa Cup of Nations Group C Ghana and Senegal
Posted: 19 January 2015 Time: 17:43
Substitute Moussa Sow netted a stoppage-time winner to hand Senegal a 2-1 victory over Ghana in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C opener at the Estadio de Mongomo on Monday.
The four-time continental champions took a first-half lead through stand-in captain Andre Ayew.
However, the Senegalese hit back through goals from Man of the Match Mame Diouf and fellow striker Sow.
Avram Grant's men made a bright start, as A. Ayew - who took over the armband from sidelined talisman Asamoah Gyan - slotted a 14th minute penalty after the speedy Christian Atsu was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.
The Black Stars should have doubled their advantage midway through the stanza, but Atsu steered his effort wide from close range after being teed up the tricky Jordan Ayew.
Senegal nearly equalised in the 27th minute, but Kara Mbodji's thumping header was denied by the crossbar.
The Teranga Lions threatened again just past the half-hour mark, as Diouf's spectacular overhead kick forced a save from the well-placed Razak Braimah.
Coundoul also did well just before the recess to block a volley by the unmarked Atsu at the back post.
The second half nearly ignited when Dame Ndoye rattled the side-netting with an attempt from just outside the box in the 55th minute.
Senegal continued to press and hit back three minutes later, as Diouf headed home on the rebound after his initial effort hit the woodwork following a cross by Pape Souare.
The Stoke City man, though, wasted a glorious chance to put his nation in the lead soon after as he blasted over from close range.
Pape Dioup likewise had a good opportunity in the 80th minute but his weak shot, with only Braimah to beat, rolled tamely wide of the target.
However, Fenerbahce forward Sow struck with the final kick of the game from inside the area to snatch the spoils.