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Angola out, Ghana book spot in semis

Ghana beat Angola 1-0 Sunday, knocking the host country out of the Africa Cup of Nations. The lone goal came from Stade Rennes striker, Asamoah Gyan.

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Angola tasted defeat Sunday, after wasting several golden opportunities and ultimately a first-time spot in the Africa Cup of Nations’ semi-final. The Palancas Negras (Angola) stumbled against the four-time winners of the competition (1-0), which, despite the absence of star Michael Essien, bettered the host country.

The build-up to the match has been dominated by claims from the Ghana Football Association of "intimidatory" tactics by Angolan security forces designed they say to destabilise the team. If these allegations are true, the tactic proved ineffectual.

The young Black Stars team faced a hostile crowd at the November 11 Stadium, as Angolans noisily rallied behind their national team. The Palancas Negras created the early opportunities, emboldened by the feverish support of the home crowd.

But Ghana rained on that enthusiasm when Stade Rennes (France) striker, Asamoah Gyan, outmanoeuvred defender Kali, to slot the ball past the Angolan keeper in the 16th minute.

Forced to play on the offensive, Angola doubled their efforts, but consistently came up short. Ghana maintained their defensive positions and resisted the offensive until the final whistle.

The Black Stars will now have to face the winner of the Zambia-Nigeria quarter finals, scheduled to be played Monday in Lubango. The Black Stars are one step closer to the trophy which they have not won since 1982.

 

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