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