Mali 3 - 1 Ghana

Match info: Africa Cup of Nations - 3rd/4th Play-Off at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Date: 09/02/2013 KO: 18:00 Ref: Eric Otogo-Castane Att: 6,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Mamadou Samassa 21
Seydou Keita 48
Sigamary Diarra 90+3



Kwadwo Asamoah 82

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • And that proves to be the last piece of action for the match as Mali take home the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medal! It's been a thrilling tie here in PE, and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

  • That should be that for Mali, Sigamary Diarra breaking on the counter attack before taking advantage of an awkward bounce to drill his shot low past the goalkeeper.

  • GOAL! Mali 3-1 Ghana! Sigamary Diarra!

  • A corner in the dying moments for Ghana now, and after a loose ball in the area leaves Mali hearts in throats, the Eagles can eventually clear their lines, while the goalkeeper hangs on to a return ball in the area.

  • Solomon Asante picks up a yellow card now for simulation on the edge of the Mali area.

  • We're into injury time now, of which we will have four minutes. Remember, if Ghana do find an equaliser, there will be no extra-time, just straight to penalties.

  • A break in play now as couple of players need attention, although it's the Mali men who are down on the ground as they look to run down the clock.

  • I have no idea what the goalkeeper is doing here, and Ghana have just given themselves every reason to fight. Kwadwo Asamoah lets fly from a good 25-yards out, and although the shot is swerving, Soumaila Diakite almost appears to pull himself out of the way of the ball to allow the forward's effort to nestle in the back of the net.

  • GOAL! Mali 2-1 Ghana! Kwadwo Asamoah!

  • Mali almost with a third now as Fousseni Diawara picks up the ball in the opposition area before lining up to shoot, but he's robbed of possession at the vital moment and the ball is cleared.

  • A change for Mali now, opening goalscorer Mahamadou Samassa making way for Sigamary Diarra.

  • There just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining here in PE, and if Ghana can nip one back in the next couple of minutes we'll be in for a real barnstorming finish.

  • Final through of the dice now as the ineffective Asamoah Gyan exits stage-left, Emmanuel Clottey the man to come on in his place.

  • The rain hasn't been coming down too hard, although it's been very consistent and the conditions are getting very slippery out there as a number of players lose their footing on the turf.

  • A second change of the night for Ghana, with Christian Atsu making way for Albert Adomah.

  • Here they come again now with a free-kick some 20-yards out, and Asamoah Gyan's well-hit effort brings a decent save out of Soumaila Diakite.

  • Ghana continue to press with real purpose, although they might be trying to get up field too quickly and are yet to put together any really threatening move.

  • The referee adjudges Adama Coulibaly to have handled in the area, but the match official has got that one wrong as the defender clearly had both arms behind his own back. He points to the spot regardless, and Mubarak Wakaso steps up for the chance to halve the deficit, as well as take the out-right lead in the Golden Boot race, but his spot-kick really is awful and he blazes miles over.

  • Penalty missed by Mubarak Wakaso!

  • Penalty to Ghana!


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