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Africa Cup of Nations

ASAMOAH GYAN yesterday scored the only goal to help Ghana eliminate the hosts Angola and become the first team to reach the semi-finals.

The Rennes striker ended a sweeping counter-attack in the 16th minute with a clinical finish in front of 50,000 in Luanda as the Black Stars moved closer to winning the trophy for the first time since 1982.

Ghana began with intent and the striker Andre Ayew was booked inside the opening 30 seconds for diving in on Mabina. Gyan went close after 10 minutes, curling a 30-yard free-kick narrowly wide.

Ghana took the lead after a fine defence-splitting pass by Kwadwo Asamoah from inside his own half picked out Gyan, who struck a cross-goal shot beyond Carlos Fernandes.


SUBSTITUTE Hameur Bouazza earned Algeria a 3-2 extra-time win over Ivory Coast in last night’s other quarter-final. Midfielder Bouazza headed home two minutes into extra-time after Algeria twice came from behind in a thrilling quarter-final between two World Cup-bound teams.