Today In Sports History: On This Day 25th June 2019(Exactly 1Year Ago Today) Ghana Drew 2 – 2 With Benin In AFCON 2019 Group Opener Held In Egypt.

Benin took advantage of John Boye’s red card to secure a 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations draw against Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday.

Mickael Pote had handed Benin a surprise lead after just 103 seconds, but Kwesi Appiah’s side hit back through goals from Andre and Jordan Ayew before the interval.

Boye was dismissed after a controversial second booking in the 54th minute for apparent time-wasting, giving Benin the impetus to secure a point nine minutes later through Pote’s second of the game.

Benin started in stunning fashion, taking the lead inside two minutes when Pote latched onto Cebio Soukou’s throughball, cut inside Lumor Agbenyenu and poked past Richard Ofori.

Their joy was short-lived, however, as Andre Ayew unleashed a powerful drive inside Fabien Farnolle’s left-hand post in the ninth minute to draw Ghana level.

Despite Benin looking more threatening in attack, it was Ghana who struck again before the interval. Kasim Adams found Jordan Ayew and the forward thundered a right-footed strike into the roof of Farnolle’s net in the 42nd minute.

Yet any hope Ghana had of a routine second half were blown apart nine minutes after the restart when Boye received a yellow card from referee Youssef Essrayri after stepping over a free-kick to leave it for goalkeeper Ofori to take.

Benin took full advantage of their numerical superiority shortly after the hour when Pote flicked home Jodel Dossou’s low cross from the left.

Only a superb save from Farnolle prevented Thomas Partey’s 25-yard free-kick finding the back of the net, forcing Ghana to settle for a point from their opening outing at the tournament.

Key Opta Facts:

  • This is only the second time that Benin have avoided defeat in an Africa Cup of Nations game (D2 L8).
  • Ghana have lost only two of their last 14 group games in the tournament (W9 D3).
  • Mickael Pote is the first Benin player to score a brace in an Africa Cup of Nations game.
  • The Ayew brothers have scored seven of Ghana’s last nine goals in the Africa Cup of Nations.

1 R. Ofori
21 J. Boye 37′ 54′
15 K. Nuhu 77′
14 L. Agbenyenu
11 M. Wakaso
22 A. Yiadom
7 C. Atsu
5 T. Partey
10 A. Ayew Substituted 9′
9 J. Ayew 42′
23 T. Agyepong

SUBSTITUTION

19 Samuel Owusu SubstitutedSubstituted
for T. Agyepong 35′
4 Jonathan Mensah Substituted
for S. Owusu 59′
6 A. Acquah Substituted
for A. Ayew 90′
8 Owusu Kwabena
17 A. Baba
16 Felix Annan GK
20 Kwadwo Asamoah
3 Asamoah Gyan
12 Lawrence Ati-Zigi GK
13 Caleb Ekuban
18 Joseph Aidoo
2 Joseph Attamah

Coach: K. Appiah

BENIN LINE UP

1 F. Farnolle
3 K. Adénon
11 E. Imorou
2 S. Barazé
13 M. Adilehou
6 O. Verdon
8 J. Adéoti
14 C. Soukou Substituted
15 S. D’Almeida Substituted 46′
10 Michaek Poté 2′ 63′
9 S. Mounié 90′

SUBSTITUTION

20 J. Dossou Substituted
for S. D’Almeida 62′
18 S. Mama Substituted
for M. Adilehou 62′
7 D. Djigla Substituted
for C. Soukou 83′
21 R. Kossi
23 C. Kakpo
5 S. Junior
4 T. Anaane
12 D. Kiki
16 S. Allagbé
22 R. Fassinou
19 D. Segbé Azankpo

Coach: M. Dussuyer

Venue: Ismaïlia Stadium (Ismailia)

Referee: Youssef Sraïri ( Tunisia)

Goals

0 – 1 2′ M. Poté
(assist by C. Soukou)

A. Ayew 9′ 1 – 1

J. Ayew 42′
(assist by Kassim Nuhu) 2 – 1

2 – 2 63′ M. Poté
(assist by J. Dossou)

BY: ISAAC GANYO TAMAKLOE

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