Afcon 2019: Benin forces draw from Ghana in group opener


Sports News of Wednesday, 26 June 2019



Ghana players applaud their fans after the match

Ghana was held by Benin in their opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations as Mickael Pote’s scored twice to earn a draw in Ismailia.

Benin led early through Pote’s fine finish after just two minutes, but Ghana levelled just seven minutes later as Jordan Ayew was allowed to meet a simple ball over the top to set up his brother Andre for a firm 15-yard finish.

Jordan Ayew then completed the turnaround before the interval with a powerful strike into the top corner, as Ghana managed to shake off their sluggish start.

But having put themselves in a strong position, the Black Stars were reduced to 10 men when John Boye was sent off for a second bookable offence, inexplicably receiving a second yellow card for time wasting.

Benin made their opponents pay as Pote met Jodel Dossou’s cross to tap home from close range.

Benin goalkeeper Farnolle produced a stunning save to deny Thomas Partey’s freekick which was destined for the back of the net.

Ghana returns to action against Cameroon on Saturday evening.

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