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FT: Ghana 1-1 Tunisia (2019 AFCON)

Published on: 08 July 2019
FT: Ghana 1-1 Tunisia (2019 AFCON)
Ghana Team picture (back row l-r) Thomas Teye Partey, John Boye, Richard Ofori, Nuhu Adams Kasim, Jordan Ayew (front row l-r) Thomas Agyepong, Mubarak Wakaso, Andrew Kyere Yiadom, Lumor Agbenyenu, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals game between Ghana and Benin at Ismailia Stadium in Ismailia, Egypt on 25 June 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix


Re-Live the Live Play-by-Play between Ghana vs Tunisia in the Round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is not going to rely on any past achievements against Tunisia when both teams clash today at the Ismailia Sports Stadium

Coach Kwesi Appiah said Ghana will have to guard against any complacency when they face Tunisia in this knockout game.

According to Appiah, he respects all the teams that qualified to the tournament and will not underrate any side the Black Stars face in the competition. “Tunisia have a very good team. I have watched some tapes and no team can underrate them. Their performance is really good. We (Ghana) have to make sure we play our role very well”, he told the media at the press conference.

“Football these days doesn’t depend on past achievements; you always need to show respect to your opponent. Even if you defeated someone three days ago beating them now is a different scenario. It is important we don’t go into the game thinking it will be easy, he added.

Ghana has never lost to Tunisia in any AFCON meeting since the inception of the tournament but with recent results in the ongoing tournament, the Stars must take a clue ahead of today’s game. In a total of seven meetings, the Black Stars have won six and drawn one against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia (W6 D1).

Coincidentally Ghana met Tunisia en route to winning all their four Africa Cup of Nations titles- 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. The Black Stars defeated Guinea-Bissau by 2-0 in the final group game to top the group and set up this clash against the North Africans while Tunisia placed second in their group after drawing all their group matches to progress to the round of 16.

Meanwhile, assistant coach for Tunisia, Maher Kanzari has said that despite not been impressed with the level of performance exhibited by his players in the tournament he is confident his side will be ready to face Ghana in the Round of 16 in the ongoing tournament.

"There is a great feeling for the players and the technical staff. We understand the anger of the Tunisian fans despite qualifying for the second round."

"There is no doubt that things will change within the Tunisian team, with the stage of the playoffs, we will try to prepare well for Ghana in the price of the final.", he concluded.

Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso speaking ahead of the game said, the team is determined to beat Tunisia. “We are all determined. We are working so that we can achieve what brought us here. “We have watched them. We know how they play. We have made up our mind that we are going to beat every team we come up against. “We are moving match after match, so we are still looking forward to prove to people we can do it”

In the last encounter between both sides at the AFCON, Ghana emerged winners as they defeated Tunisia by 2-1 at the 2012 AFCON.

South African referee Victor Gomez has been appointed to handle the game to be played at the Ismailia Sports Stadium

Line ups for the two teams


Tunisia starting XI

Game is about to begin here at the Ismailia Sports Stadium

Both teams are on the pitch with the national anthems being played. First was Ghana and then Tunisia.

Players exchanging pleasantries

Referee Victor Gomez blows his whistle for the game to begin

Kick off

02’- Tunisia wins the first free kick of game. Long ball sent in to the Ghana goal area but referee whistles for an infringement

03’- Yiadom with a foul on a Tunisia player referee whistles for a foul

05’- First Corner kick to Ghana

06’- Ball effected by Wakaso sends in a good cross but has been headed out

Tunisia on the counter attack, can they score but a timely intervention by Yiadom saves the situation for Ghana

07’- Baba has been brought down, free kick to Ghana, Wakaso behind the ball sends in a cross has been headed out

08’- Nice pass front Partey to Owusu, he tries to beat his marker but sends a pass to Afriyie Acquah

09’- Acquah has been impeded, free kick. Third free kick for Ghana in the game. Ball sent in but goalkeeper comes out with a save.

John Boye recieves the first yellow card of the game

11’- Ayew on the break but he has been brought down. Another yellow card to the Tunisian defender

12’- A long drive by Partey but his effort hits the wall Corner kick to Ghana.

Another long ball to the box has been cleared,

13’- Wakaso sends in a cross, but it is too wide to find Boye. Goal kick

14’- Ghana dominating possession at the moment as Tunisia sit deep in their own half

15’- CHANCE- Kasim Nuhu header hits the post, Ayew with the rebound, goalkeeper saves. Referee whistles for an infringement.

20’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

Tunisia wins a corner, after Kasim with a clearance

21’- Partey clears a ball which could have been dangerous for Ghana

22’- Tunisia in possession at the moment.

Chance for Tunisia, but Khenissi fails to connect the ball as Kassim comes in with a clearance

23’- Partey with a long strike but his effort goes wide

24’-  Referee whistles for offside against Jordan Ayew.

Ball quickly played gets to the Ghana goal area, Baba with a clearance

Tunisia confidently possessing the ball

25’- Another offside against Ghana

26’- Afriyie Acquah  with the ball tries to beat his marker but has been fouled, referee waves play on. Ball goes out for throw in. Acquah has been carried out from the pitch.

29’- Yiadom sends in a low cross into the grips of the Tunisian goalkeeper

30’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

A dangerous ball in by Tunisa, John Boye with a clearance. pressure on Ghana at the moment. Owusu has been fouled

31’- Jordan Ayew plays a one-two with Baba but he fails to take the final ball

32’- Corner kick to Tunisia, ball effected, there seems to be a foul as Afriyie Acquah has been elbowed

35’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

37’- Both teams battling in the middle

38’- Ghana on the attack, Partey sends a pass to Owusu on the right wing, he sends in a cross but the ball has been cleared

39’- Tunisian player is on the ground. Game is on hold

40’- Good build up by Ghana, Afriyie Acquah shoots , goalkeeper punches the ball away, Corner to Ghana

41’- Referee disallows a goal scored by Ghana, claims it was a handball

It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

42’- Ghana with a lot of pressure on Tunisia as they search for the first goal.

Baba on the run, but sends in a poor cross

44’- Corner kick to Ghana. Long ball sent in, Boye tries to Head the ball back into the box. Goal kick

45’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

We are doing two minutes of additional time.

Referee brings the first half to an end

Second half underway

45’- Ghana gets the game underway with the first pass

48’- Wakaso behind the ball for a free kick. Sends in a poor cross, ball cleared

49’- Jordan with a headed but ball goes wide

50’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisa

51’- Samuel Owusu beats his marker cuts in hits the ball but goalkeeper comes up with a nice save. Corner kick

52’- Ghana with a lot of pressure on Tunisia

Tunisia on the counter attack, sends a cross into the box but has been cleared by Kasim, Corner kick

53’- Dangerous ball into the box, ball goes wide for goal kick

55’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

56’- Frustrating for Ghana at the moment as the Tunisians have  been resolute at the back

57’- Andre Ayew has been fouled

58’- Samuel Owusu takes on the defenders, goes pass two players releases the ball to Partey, try to play the one-two but the ball has been cleared

60’- It’s Ghana 0-0 Tunisia

63’- Baba Rahman with another poor ball into the box

65’- Jordan Ayew controls the ball but has been fouled, referee whistles

Wakaso behind the ball sends cross ball cleared.

66’- Counter attack for Tunisia, cross into the box, ball has been cleared. Ghana left off the hook

69’- Chance for Tunisia can they score from this opportunity oh no he fails to find the net. Corner kick

70’- Oh no the ball hits the woodwork, Ghana left off the hook. Tunisia nearly with the first goal of the game

Goal ooooo Tunisia scores Khenissi strkes

It’s Ghana 0-1 Tunisia

75’- Tunisia player fouled by Kasim free kick

78’- Chance for Ghana but his effort is saved.

Wakaso’s with a long strike but it hits the woodwork . Ghana with a lot of pressure on Tunisia at the moment

79’- It’s Ghana 0-1 Tunisia

80’- Corner kick but ball goes wide for goal kick

81’- Temporal hold up as a Tunisian player is down on the field

82’ - Asamoah Gyan has been introduced into the game with Andre Ayew taken off

85’- It’s Ghana 0-1 Tunisia

86’- Wakaso with a silly foul on the Tunisian defender

88’- Tunisians delaying play at the moment with their antics

Goal ooooo Ghana with equalizer from an own goal

Referee brings the game to an end.

We are heading into extra time

It’s Ghana 1-1 Tunisia

First half of extra time begins

90’- Baba on the run, he has been impeded but referee is waves on

91’- Chance for Ghana, Owusu enters the box shoots ball has been blocked. Calls for a penalty by the Ghana players

93’- free kick to Ghana, long drive, Gyan with the header but ball has been saved

94’- Owusu wins a corner kick for Ghana

95’- It’s Ghana 1-1 Tunisia

Corner kick effected, John Boye with a header but ball goes wide

96’- Tunisia with a chance to score, oh no referee whistles for offside

97’- Ghana wins a free kick, Gyan behind the ball, his effort hits the wall

98’- Khazri with a strike, Ofori comes up with a save . Corner kick to Tunisia

100’- It’s Ghana 1-1 Tunisia

101’- Chance for Ghana, Ekuban sends in a cross can Gyan connect, referee whistles for a foul

102’- Ghana with a lot pressure on Tunisia at the moment as they push for the second goal.

103’- Gyan with a chance, oh no his effort goes straight into the hands of the goalkeeper

105’- Gyan strikes but ball goes wide. Goal kick. That seems to be the last kick for this half

106’- We begin the second half  of Extra time

108’- Ghana in control posessession at the moment

113’- Game on hold as Khazri is down injured

It’s Ghana 1-1 Tunisia

105’- What a miss by Jordan Ayew he blasts the ball wide

109’- What a miss by Samuel Owusu, Tunisia left off the hook.

Referee brings the game to an end.

We are heading to the penalty shootout

Tunisia best Ghana on penalties by 5-4 to book a place in the quarter-finals

Thanks for joining us.

Bye for now

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