Algeria, Ghana Advance to Knockout Round

Posted January 27th, 2015 at 5:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Mandla Masango of South Africa challenges Ghana’s Afriyie Acquah (L) during their 2015 African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match in Mongomo.

Algeria and Ghana advanced to the knockout round of the Africa Cup of Nations Tuesday, with the Desert Foxes winning a decisive 2-0 victory over Senegal Tuesday and the Black Stars beating South Africa 2-1.

Ghana ended the group stage atop Group C on goal differentials, even though Algeria is currently the top rated African side in the world FIFA rankings.

Algeria went ahead early, with a free kick in the 11th minute by Madjid Bougherra that went to an unmarked Riyad Mahrez who deftly sent a right-footed shot into the bottom right corner. Nabil Bentaleb added a second at the 82nd minute with a left-footed shot.

Ghana, meanwhile,came came from behind to send the South Africans packing. South Africa struck first, with Mandla Masango putting the Bafana Bafana ahead at the 17th minute with a 25-yard volley and spooking the Black Stars.

But John Boye gave hope to Ghana with a goal at minute 72, and an assist Marseille winger Andre Ayew, who then went on to score the decisive goal with a header at the 83rd minute on a cross from Baba Rahman.

Algeria and Ghana will take on the winner and runner-up of Group D on Sunday.



Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

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