Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Ayew Brothers take Ghana into Semi-Finals

Ayew Brothers take Ghana into Semi-Finals

Thanks to the Ayew brothers who got a goal each to ensure the Avram Grant tutored side advance to the last four.

The second half however saw Ghana playing with more intent as the game swung from the Congolese side.

Ghana, seeking a first Cup of Nations title since 1982, will play Cameroon next Thursday in Franceville for a final place. "He will have tests and we hope if we manage to reach the final that he can return".

Morocco's Mbark Boussoufa had earlier curled a shot from outside the box against the crossbar and striker Aziz Bouhaddouz missed a sitter from close range.

Andre Ayew converted for Ghana in the 74th minute which eventually became the match victor.

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Earlier, Jordan Ayew gave Ghana the lead and older brother Andre Ayew swept in a 78th-minute penalty for the victor to beat Congo at Stade d'Oyem.

He took it, and Ghana progressed to the semifinals for the sixth straight time.

Ghana has lost in three finals and four semifinals since '82, including an agonizing defeat in a penalty shootout to Ivory Coast in the deciding game at the last African Cup. It led Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi to revive the sitting-down, bottom-shuffle celebration made famous by former 'keeper Robert Kidiaba when Congo made the semifinals two years ago.

The DR Congo attack of Mbokani, Junior Kabananga Kalonji and Paul-Jose M'Poku continued to put pressure on the Black Stars' defence, but they could not find the final touch to make their attacking superiority count.

The goal set up a thrilling end to a classic encounter settled by Andre Ayew's penalty in the 68th minute following Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala's foul on Christian Atsu inside the box.

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