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Mali beat Ghana 3-1 in the third place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday

Posted: 9 February 2013 Time: 21:55

Mali beat Ghana 3-1 in the third place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday night at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to win the bronze medal.

The Mali goals were scored by Mahamadou Samassa, Seydou Keita and Sigamary Diarra while Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Ghana.

The game started in a calm mood with the Ghanaians getting the better of the early stages as the Eagles took some time to settle.

Ghana did not trouble goalkeeper Daouda Diakite despite Mali’s slow start.

Mali got the opening goal in the 21st minute when Samassa dived in to head home a well-placed Adama Tamboura cross past goalkeeper Dauda, 1-0.

Wakaso’s came close to getting the equaliser but his shot was saved by Diakite to keep the Eagles in the lead.

The second half started well for Ghana as substitute Jonathan Mensah got on the end of a good free-kick from Wakaso heading narrowly wide.

Mali scored again in the 48th minute when Keita hit the ball past Dauda from Ousmane Coulibaly’s pass from the right, 2-0.

Wakaso was handed a chance to half the deficit a few minutes later as Salif Coulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box despite replays showing that the ball actually came off his chest. Wakaso hammered his penalty kick wide.

In the 82nd minute Ghana were back in the game when Asamoah halved the deficit. A hopeful shot from distance from the midfielder sneaked past Diakite who had clearly misjudged the flight of the ball, 2-1.

Ghana went looking for the equaliser but were punished on the counter attack as Sigamary Diarra added a third for the Eagles on the counter attack in the 92nd minute.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:59 pm
Ghana again beaten by Mali
posted: 09:59 pm
Mali was good all round, they deserved to win this game
posted: 10:01 pm
@emmans647; yep they got demoralised so bad after B/faso game
posted: 10:05 pm
The unavailabity of Annan,Ayew,Muntary in the middle ws their downfall...

Bt it looks promising with youngsters such as Asante,Atsu nd Mensa..
HARD LUCK GHANA,Ur team is work in progress unlyk ........ Bafana badala
posted: 10:06 pm
Nigeria food has now become Ghana's poison.
Santi Santi
posted: 10:08 pm
Ghana losing 3-1 to a team, Super Eagles licked 4-1 tells you how bad the Blacks Stars are, Overrated team.
posted: 10:09 pm
We shall pass by Accra to show them the cup tomorrow. Poor boys, the Malians taught them some football lessons today.
posted: 10:09 pm
@ Ramoss we said the same thing about Ghana 3 years ago, when they beat USA remember????
The President
posted: 10:10 pm
Well done Mali
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 10:10 pm
Keita (i call him keisha) is a player that leads by an example not this trouble maker called adebay.. who got stucked in Mbombela hotel
posted: 10:14 pm
This Ghanians are just sick to extreme
posted: 10:14 pm
Wakaso couldn't score cos cheap penalty was not given to Ghana........

Eminike will go with the Golden boot.
posted: 10:16 pm
well done mali but ur goal keeper was acting india film part two at last . i was laughing and chilling good match thou kises from cold london.
The President
posted: 10:20 pm
@Dj Lumeh, maybe he didnt want to leave SA.
Mthuse The Undisputed DTC
posted: 10:27 pm
@Grandboi he got 1 & missed it this tym around.
posted: 10:30 pm
is true dy wer hot against USA,bt 1 wandas nd take positive out of their tournament nd it doesnt take a rocket scientist tht they dish sum gud futbal,bt the team tht tuk the chances won.
U cn c dat a bit of Anna,Ayew,or maybe Muntari on de bench ws gona make a world of wandas to them
posted: 10:30 pm
@Dj Lumeh and @President, it goes to show you guys are just stuck in that hole of a place! Adebayor played for Tottenham Hotspurs this afternoon in good old London, England.
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:32 pm
Just mistakenly watchd Mali unshamefully celebrating mediocrity, i mean come third and then u celebrate? What does that tell us about our standard as Africans mara? Nt even the mention of Bafana who celebrate being knockd in the Q finals.
Where is Africa going to mara vele????
The President
posted: 10:35 pm
@Cornerstone, we thought that he didnt want to leave. There is no place like Mzansi.
posted: 10:41 pm
Mhloniwhateveryournameis, they got medals. When is the last time banana banana got medals?
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