AFCON '19: Ghana crashed out after losing to Tunisia

AFCON '19: Ghana crashed out after losing to Tunisia

- The Black Stars are out of the 2019 African Cup of Nations

- The Carthage Eagles won the shootout 5-4 to set up a quarter-final date with Madagascar

The Black Stars of Ghana have been crashed out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

The four-time African champions lost via penalties after 1-1 in regulation time.

The Carthage Eagles won the shootout 5-4 to set up a quarter-final date with Madagascar on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

READ ALSO: Asamoah Gyan's appearance and 5 other big records so far at AFCON 2019

An own goal by Rami Bedoui cancelled out Taha Khenissi's second-half strike as the game went into the extra time and subsequently into the shootout.

Tunisians converted all their spot-kicks with Ghana's only miss coming from striker Caleb Ekuban.

Following a dominant first half, Kassim Nuhu struck the post with a header. Andre Ayew's rebound was parried by Tunisian goalkeeper.

READ ALSO: AFCON 2019: Anderlecht manager Vincent Kompany to sign DR Congo's Elia Meschak

Two minutes to halftime Black Stars took the lead when Andre Ayew backheeled the ball into the net but the goal was disallowed by the referee.

The referee insists the ball hit the hand of Thomas Partey in the build-up to the goal but television replays proved the decision was a wrong one.

Black Stars continued to dominate after the break with Jordan Ayew testing the goalkeeper with a header in the 53rd minute.

READ ALSO: AFCON '19: Shatta Wale, Wendy Shay watch and celebrate Black Stars win against Guinea Bissau (photo)

Tunisian, however, upped their game and began creating chances of their own. In the 70th minute, Taha Khenissi controlled a fine pass into the box and takes a shot to the bottom left corner, but the ball was cleared.

Two minutes later, Khenissi again, this time he crashed the bar with a powerful header from a corner kick.

But it didn't take long for Khenissi to redeem himself as he connected with a low cross to put Carthage Eagles in front in the 73rd minute.

On the 81st minute, Wakaso took a shot from around the penalty spot and aimed towards the left side of the target. Mouez Hassen was alert, made a superb save and parried the ball onto the post.

With the three minutes remaining, Black Stars equalised force the game into extra time. The goal coming off the head of Tunisian substitute defender Rami Bedoui.

Ghana were the better side in extra time. Jordan wasted glorious opportunity to seal the victory before Kwabena Owusu shot straight into the hands of goalkeeper with the last kick.

Black Stars converted four as against Tunisia's five as the Carthage Eagles overcame Black Stars for the first time in 56 years.

Yenkasa: Is it likely for the Black Stars to win this year's AFCON? | #Yencomgh:

Subscribe to watch new videos

Have national and human interest issues to discuss? Know someone who is extremely talented and needs recognition?

Your stories and photos are always welcome. Get interactive via our Facebook page.

Source: Yen

Mailfire view pixel