Nations Cup 2012 quarterfinals
Ghana banks on Gyan’s magic against Tunisia
By Our reporter

Ghana entered the tournament as one of the favourites. In her opening match of the group stages, Ghana met Botswana. In a match dominated by John Mensah, for his winning goal and a red card for an unceremonious tackle on Jerome Ramathlakwane, Ghana took home all three points. It was a scrappy performance but her first win of the tournament, none the less.

The Black Stars sat prettily at the top of the group after 2-0 win over Mali. It was a much better and convincing performance this time around, with Asamoah Gyan being the star performer. The former Sunderland striker scored the first goal with a sumptuous free kick from 30 yards out, while he set up the second for his teammate, Andre Ayew.

Ghana went into the last match of the group stage requiring just a draw against Guinea to win the group. Ghana opened the scoring in the 28th minute after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu scored for the Black Stars. Though she was immediately pegged back after the half time as Guinea equalised through Abdoul Razzagui Camara.

Guinea created lots of chances after that, but failed to convert them and to add to her misery, Mamadou Bah was sent off due to card offence. Ghana, somehow, managed to hold on to a draw and topped the group with seven points.

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