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Thursday 21 September 2017

Video: Ugly scenes as missiles rain down during Ghana's African Nations Cup semi-final win

Ghana's national football team players leave the pitch protected by riot police at the half-time of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo
Ghana's national football team players leave the pitch protected by riot police at the half-time of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo
Policemen evacuate a tribune during the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo, on February 5, 2015. Play was halted eight minutes from time in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana when missiles were thrown on the pitch.
Policemen evacuate a tribune during the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo, on February 5, 2015. Play was halted eight minutes from time in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana when missiles were thrown on the pitch.
Policemen evacuate a tribune during the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo, on February 5, 2015. Play was halted eight minutes from time in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana when missiles were thrown on the pitch.
Ghana's national football team players leave the pitch protected by riot police at the half-time of the 2015 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo

Crowd trouble marred the end of the African Nations Cup semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo as the match was suspended in the closing stages.

Ghana led 3-0 when, with the match in the final 10 minutes, their fans were forced to leave the stands and take refuge behind one of the goals after seemingly being pelted with objects from rival supporters.

Bottles could be seen scattered across the running track which surrounded the pitch.

The referee stopped the match and the players were left waiting in the middle of the pitch to find out if the match would restart, with the Equatorial Guinea players pleading with their fans to calm down.

The game restarted and Ghana sealed a place in the final against Ivory Coast after a penalty from Jordan Ayew and a Wakaso Mubarak strike at the end of the first half and a tap-in from Andre Ayew in the second.

Plenty of fans left the stadium as the suspension dragged on without abandonment.

Ghana supporters appeared to be escorted away by police through the tunnel, with reports of Equatorial Guinea supporters waiting for them outside the stadium.

Equatorial Guinea only stepped in to host the tournament at the 11th hour after Morocco pulled out due to the Ebola epidemic.

Having never qualified for a World Cup, their only previous African Nations Cup campaign was in 2012 when they reached the quarter-finals.

They went one better than that by knocking Tunisia out in the last eight in the most dramatic of circumstances, but that achievement was soured by events at the end of their next match.

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