The Eagles of Mali took command of the game from the get-go as Hamari Traore shrugged off Gideon Mensah before smashing the ball beyond Lawrence Ati-Zigi on the 3rd-minute of the game.
The Ghana Black Stars were forced to effect a substitution during the course of the first half after Eugene Ansah sustained and injury and had to be replaced by Kamaldeen Suleyman.
As was characterisitic of the entire game, the Black Stars of Ghana were pinned to the wall again by the Eagles of Mali. The Malians strung a series of delectable passes together, and subsequently got a cross in from the right flank which was met by the head of El Bilal Touré to to find the back of the net and doubling Mali’s lead.
Matters got worse for the four-time AFCON champions as Nicholas Opoku also sustained an injury and had to be replaced by Celta Vigo’s Joseph Aidoo.
The Black Stars misery was extended as a well-placed through-pass found Amadou Haidara of Mali whose first strike hit the post but this afforded him an opportunity at a rebound which found the back of the net to make it 3-0 for Mali.
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