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FT: Tunisia 1-2 Ghana

Its all over!!!!! Ghana qualify to the semis after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

21:34 Just anywhere will do for Ghana as the Tunisians make last gasp attempt for a crucial equaliser but no referee whistles for the end of the match.

21:29 Ayew Dede finds himself in a great position after a great run but his final strike disappointing.

21:26 Tunisia are down but not out as they mount pressure on the Ghana defence but are yet to get the equaliser.

21:22 Tunisian tempers are flaring and oo gosh Tunisia are lucky to still have 10 men on the field. An attacker in a vicious tackle has is left stud right on the chest of Dede Ayew.

21:18 Second half underway. Abdennour elbows Dede Ayew and sees straight red. Tunisia are down by a man and by a goal to two.

Extra Time First half

21:12 Tunisians come close to an equaliser but with Kwarasey well beaten the ball whisks just wide.

21:09 GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Ayew scores for Ghana but a tragic howler by Mathlouti in post for Tunisia lets his side down.

21:07 Gyan taken out; Prince Tagoe comes in.

21:02 Its the Tunisians who are piling all the pressure on the Ghana defence but Vorsah clears his lines but only for a corner. Taken and wasted.

20:57 Tunisia kick start and a fantastic build up and within a minute the Tunisians have a chance a strike, passes through the legs of Kwarasey and that should be it but has been ruled offside. A correct decision from the referee.

20:56 The players are reading for half an hour of another grueling extra-time.

Extra time A lot of tired legs out there, but Trabelsi and Stevanovic have a lot to tell their charges in extra time.

20:47 Ghana living dangerously as Vorsah’s sliding tackle comes to the rescue. 90 minutes are up, three minutes of added time to play.

20:43 A great speculative strike forces a great save from Kwarasey for a Tunisian corner. Taken but well defended by Ghana.

20:41 Ghana pushes men forward. Great play from K Asamoah and Jordan Ayew. Inkoom makes a run on the right but D Ayew pass intercepted.

20:35 Corner for Tunisia but headed out. Kwodwo Asamoah makes a run for it but a dangerous flying tackle comes in but referee waves play on.

20:32 Kwodwo Asamoah makes a terrific run and whips a surging ball to Gyan who makes a great one-time touch but Mathlouti in post for the Tunisians saves the blushes of Carthage Eagles.

20:31 The game getting to life. Ghana have a corner. Taken and wasted.

20:26 Its time for the Tunisians to break and what a superb sliding tackle by John Boye for a corner. Great tackle by the Renne defender. Corner taken short and a feeble strike but Vorsah’s interception looks shaky but goes for another corner. Taken and wasted.

20:25 Agyemang Badu makes a rampaging run in the final third of the Tunisian half and makes strikes on but to the body of the Tunisian defender.

20:22 Gyan looking to assert himself more after a great turn a well struck shot but goes wide.

20:20 Muntari out after another disappointing performance. Jordan Ayew in.

20:18 Its a ding-dong affair now and the Ghanaians have a chance from an Agyemang Badu header but that is too feeble.

20:16 A chance for Tunisia to take the lead after a slip by Isaac Vorsah but Boye tracks back well and saves a tricky situation for Ghana.

20:08 Mensah cluttered into in his own half and his own 18 yard box. He is taken out and Isaac Vorsah comes in. That is not too good for the Stars.

20:06 Agyemang Badu makes a ran and sets Sulley Muntari who has been quiet throughout, the AC Milan bound player appeals for a free-kick but not given.

20:03 Gyan looks too sluggish and easily dispossessed by his marker.

20:02 Ghana set the second half underway.

Players return from the dug-out as each side says a word of prayer to the Almighty God.


19:45+2 The referee whistles for the end of a cagey first half that has produced two goals.

19:43 Tunisia win a corner after a great spell in attack. Corner whipped in and cleared and Ghana looking to break but a hard tackle earns the Tunisian defender a yellow card.

19:41 Tunisia back in a game after fine header from Khalifa to an immaculate cross. GOAL!!!!! 1-1.

19:36 Great build-up in midfield by the Stars as Inkoom sends an immaculate cross on the right, Ayew soars but his header too feeble to beat the Tunisian goal keeper.

19:34 The Tunisians have upped their game asking lots of questions of the Ghanaian defence. But they still trail the Stars courtesy a John Mensah 10th minute goal.

19:30 Tunisians are furiously clamouring for a penalty after a little shirt tugging on their attacker. But the Cameroonian referee will have none of that.

19:25 Silly and dangerous back pass to Kwarasey by Masawudu but the goal keeper reacts quickest to save the blushes of the Stars.

19:22 Tunisia also win a free-kick at a similar spot as Ghana’s a minute ago. Will the Tunisian’s make it count? But no it is balloned over the bar.

19:21 Ghana win a free-kick at an Asamoah Gyan spot; just close to the 18 yard box. But Ayew takes it, slips and that is a woeful kick.

19:16 Great run on the left by Kwodwo Asamoah and whips a cross in but a tidy clearance by the Tunisian defence. Ghana win a corner. Will it be two, Mensah comes in again. Corner taken but a glancing header whisks just wide. Muntari and the Tunisian goal keeper in some form of confrontation. Referee comes in to settle.

19:14 Its time for the Tunisians to react and they are relying on the long balls trying hard to catch the Ghanaians on the break, but Mensah and Boye have been resolute thus far.

19:08 Ghana win first corner after best spell. Agyemang Badu whips it in and a low header by John Mensah and it is a GOAL!!!!!!!!!! Ghana are up. A perfect start for the Stars and its the returnee skipper John Mensah who gets his second goal of the tournament.

19:05 Tunisia are up in confidence as the goal keeper succeeds in a little trickery, beating Asamoah Gyan and clearing his lines.

19:02 Slow start as the two teams try hard to settle. Agyeman Badu is down after hurting himself in a cluttering challenge on Sah. He recovers though and gets on with the business.

19:00 Aliomm blows the whistle and its the Tunisians who kick start the crucial game.

18:58 A minute silence in memory of the over 70 football fans who lost their lives in the Stadium disaster in Port Said Egypt last week. For Anthony Annan, he would be keeping silent in memory of his mother who also died last week.

18:54 They line up for the national anthems. Ghana as usual go first followed by the Tunisians.

18:53 The Two teams match onto the field led by by the ball boys hoisting the two national flags and the fair play flag.

Ghana have their eyes set on yet another semi-final in the AFCON tournament but have a huge Tunisian hurdle to cross in the quarters.

Goran Stevanovic makes two crucial changes in the side that drew 1-1 with Guinea in the final Group D match, bringing on skipper John Mensah and Samuel Inkoom for Isaac Vorsah and John Paintsil respectively.

Will these changes work the magic for the Black Stars who are sweating to justify the huge favorites tag that has been hanging around their necks?

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