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Afcon: It’s Ghana, I/Coast final

The Black Stars of Ghana cruised to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations the hard way. Although the four-time African champions beat hosts, Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in a tempestuous semi final encounter. The West African neighbours will now face Ivory Coast in Sunday’s final.

Goals from Jordan and Andre Ayew, either side of a Mubarak strike sealed the match for the Ghanaians.

The match was held up for more than 20 minutes following crowd trouble.

The home crowd showed their displeasure with proceedings when they threw missiles onto the pitch early in the second half, but Ghana continued to boss proceedings and should have added to their advantage with chances for Andre Ayew and Kwesi Appiah around the hour mark.

Andre Ayew killed off any slim hopes Nzalang Nacional had of a comeback when he turned home the third goal in the 75th minute, capitalising on some good work by the hard-running Appiah.

There was a prolonged delay with less than 10 minutes to play when a large contingent of Ghanaian supporters moved down out of the stands to place themselves behind the goal their side was attacking in the second half, due to missile throwing aimed at them from home supporters. The match was eventually restarted and completed without further incident.

Equatorial Guinea will now take on DRC in the third-place playoff on Saturday evening in Malabo, while Ghana will face the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the final on Sunday evening in Bata.


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