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AFCON 21: Gabon strike late to frustrate Ghana

A superb late strike from Jim Allevinah gave Gabon a massive 1-1 draw against Ghana and put them on the cusp of the knockout rounds at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana who broke the deadlock after 18 minutes when captain Andre Ayew received the ball 25 yards out with his back to goal, swivelled brilliantly and arrowed a shot into the bottom left corner.

Gabon had a great chance to equalise early in the second half, but Junior Assoumou directed a free header from a corner over the bar.

They had another brilliant chance on the hour mark as they grew into the second half. A low cross was half-cleared but only as far as Johann Obiang inside the box, who unleashed a shot towards goal only to be denied by the brave head of Iddrisu Baba.

Eventually substitute Allevinah broke the Ghana resistance with an excellent left-footed goal into the far corner.

There was an incident after the final whistle as players and staff came together in the centre of the pitch as the two sides clashed.

Gabon now sit second on the Group on four points – two behind leaders Morocco – while Ghana must beat Comoros to have any hopes of advancing.

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