Ghana beat Democratic Republic of Congo in CHAN 2014
Posted: 26 January 2014 Time: 22:35
Ghana will face Nigeria in the Africa Nations Championship semifinals after Kwabina Adusei scored a penalty to send Democratic Republic of Congo packing.
There was plenty of action as the teams got stuck into the tackles and there were enough chances for goals on both ends to keep the neutrals excited.
But Ghana seemed more likely to score, with Yahaya Mohammed particularly impressive while goalkeeper Stephan Adams also stood out.
Ghana were the first to threaten in the seventh minute when Mpong’s header went wide, and six minutes later DRC's Mubele skinned his marker but sent his powerful effort from inside the area way over.
In the 27th minute Ghana went very close through Anobaah when he danced his way past a few DRC defenders before directing his effort onto the post from a tight angle.
Two minutes before the break Ghana had another chance when the ball fell nicely for Adusei, but he could not make it count for the Black Stars.
In the 54th minute, DRC nearly gifted Yahaya Mohammed a goal, but goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba reacted well to clear the ball from the attacker’s feet following a horrible back-pass.
Adusei eventually opened the scoring for Ghana from the spot on 68 minutes. The spot-kick was awarded after DRC’s Kimwika handled the ball in the area.
In the 75th minute Ghana had another chance as Bansey sent his headed attempt wide of goal before Kasusula shot over the crossbar.
In the 84th minute the impressive Yahaya Mohammed should have made it two for Ghana when he was right in front of the keeper and missed.
DRC had a penalty appeal denied in the dying moments of referee’s optional time, which lasted as long as six minutes.
Ghana: Adams; Adusei (Azumah 70’), Ainooson, Sulley, Tijani; Akuffo (Owusu 82’), Mpong (Attorbah 53’), Opoku; Mohammed, Anobaah, Bansey
DRC: Kidiaba; Litombe, Kasusula, Muselenge, Kimwaki; Nsimbi, Ndombe (Mukanisa 85’), Basisila (Emomo 72’), Mundele; Mabidi, Mavuanga (Nzinga 63’)