Athletics News of Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Andre and Jordan Ayew had been both equally on goal as 10-person Ghana had been pressured to settle for a attract from Benin at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mickael Pote gave Benin a shock lead right after two minutes but Black Stars captain Andre Ayew restored parity.
His more youthful brother Jordan fired Ghana forward, but Pote attained the Squirrels a stage after John Boye was dismissed for a next yellow card.
Cameroon defeated Guinea-Bissau 2- in Group F’s other activity on Tuesday.
Ghana arrived in Egypt as one of the favourites for the title but was carved open up for Benin’s opener, which arrived from the first actual assault of the contest.
Veteran striker Pote, who scored 16 ambitions in 33 league appearances for Turkish club Adana Demirspor final time, defeat two defenders in advance of prodding the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Richard Ofori.
The Black Stars’ response was almost immediate, even though, the elder Ayew brother getting the bottom corner with a deflected travel from the edge of the penalty box.
Jordan Ayew, who used the 2018-19 season on loan at Crystal Palace from Swansea City, capitalised on a lapse in concentration from Olivier Verdun to place Ghana forward, in advance of Boye – who had been booked in the 1st half – was proven a 2nd yellow card for time-throwing away.
Benin soon designed their numerical advantage count, Pote firing residence his 2nd of the activity next a well-worked corner to earn the Squirrels their second ever level in the tournament.
4-time winners Ghana return to action versus Cameroon on Saturday night (18:00 BST), whilst Benin encounter Guinea-Bissau in the day’s late recreation.
The Ayew brothers have been Ghana’s twin talismen for a few Afcons now, but Benin gave them a chastening reminder that they can’t do everything on their own.
Benin’s shock early aim was a end result of very little less than Ghana throwing down a purple cloak and inviting them to set the ball into their objective.
Then the Ayew brothers established to work, hauling Ghana into the successful placement they were anticipating – only for a deficiency of discipline to price tag them, as Boye was sent off in advance of another defensive lapse let Pote get his next.
Benin was constantly at Ghana and definitely could have won it at the loss of life. Holders Cameroon may well perfectly walk away with this group, but the battle for next spot is now set up pretty nicely indeed.