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Senegal Beat Ghana In Thriller

Senegal came from behind to take all three points in a scrappy encounter against Ghana in Group C courtesy of a 2-1 win.

Ghana, under the watchful eye of coach Avram Grant, had managed only the slenderest of leads by half-time, and that was a penalty – a clear-cut one, too, as Christian Atsu had his ankles removed from underneath him by the hands of goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Andre Ayew converted the spot kick beautifully.

But despite several chances, they failed to pull away from their opponents; Jonathan Mensah misdirected his header even though he was in plenty of space, and just before the break Atsu was denied by the goalkeeper after good work down the right from Jordan Ayew.

Senegal, lacking in Ghana’s pace, managed a few opportunities, with Mbodji hitting the woodwork, and Stoke’s Mame Diouf forcing Razak Brimah into a fingertip save from an acrobatic overhead kick.

In the second half, though, Ghana lost their way, and Diouf grabbed the equaliser on 58 minutes, which was no more than Senegal deserved. His initial attempt had hit the woodwork, and he bravely bundled the ball over the line.

It took until the final kick of the game for a decisive goal. Substitute Moussa Sow had already missed a couple of good chances, but he made no mistake in the third minute of stoppage time, striking cleanly with his right foot past Razak – which, by that point, was no more than Senegal deserved.

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