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February 11, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo — Malabo
Referee:‬ Ghead Grisha‎
 
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Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
Mali
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Ghana 0-2 Mali: Diabate brace hands Eagles third place following triumph over Black Stars

The Eagles avenged their group stage loss to the Black Stars in the "losers' final" at the 2012 Afcon as they picked up their first medal-placing in 40 years

By Lolade Adewuyi

CAN 2012 : Mali vs Guinea
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Mali defeated Ghana 2-0 in the third place match at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in the Estadio de Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

Forward Cheick Diabate scored both goals for the Eagles as defender Isaac Vorsah saw red for a second bookable offence as the Black Stars ended the match with 10 men.

The game started with vigour as both teams searched for an early hold on the encounter. Jordan Ayew, who started upfront for Ghana in place of Asamoah Gyan, had the first opportunity on 21 minutes, but his shot from the edge of the box was held by Oumar Sissoko.

The Malians took the lead two minutes later when Diabate scored from close range after Adam Kwarasey had spilled a resulting shot off a corner kick. It was the Bordeaux striker who reacted quickest ahead of Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah to put the ball past the goalkeeper.

The game then went into slumber as both teams could not secure the upper hand as tension began to soar. Jordan Ayew received a yellow card for his challenge on Samba Sow as the game seemed to turn into a brawl.

Mali missed an opportunity to double their lead when Samba Diakite’s shot was kept out by Kwarasey. Diakite had dispossessed two Ghanaian defenders before seeing his shot saved.

A few moments later, the younger Ayew brother once again tested Sissoko with a snap-shot, but his attempt was saved by the goalkeeper.

Vorsah earned his first yellow card for a challenge on Diabate before the end of the first period. The Ghanaians then rang in the changes as they searched for an equaliser. Prince Tagoe and Sulley Muntari came on for Samuel Inkoom and Mohammed Abu as the pace in attack quickened.

Muntari saw a goal disallowed for offside on 53 minutes before Vorsah got himself into trouble for a high boot and was sent off as a result of his second yellow card offence.

The Ghanaians fought back but attempts to run through the Malian defence by Andre Ayew were frustrated as the Eagles began to dominate the game.

Their dominance was rewarded on 80 minutes when full-back Adama Tamboura’s inch perfect cross from the left was tapped in by Diabate for the Eagles’ second goal.

With the victory, the Malians avenged their group stage loss to the Ghanaians as they secured their first Afcon medal since 1972, when they finished second.



Ghana

12
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25
Isaac Vorsah
Defender
47′ 64′
 - 
4
John Pantsil
Defender
 - 
13
Lee Addy
Defender
 - 
25
Jonathan Mensah
Defender
 - 
7
Samuel Inkoom
Defender
35′
 - 
40
Anthony Annan
Midfielder
 - 
22
Kwadwo Asamoah
Midfielder
68′
 - 
33
Mohammed Abu
Midfielder
46′
 - 
10
André Ayew
Midfielder
 - 
15
Jordan Ayew
Striker
26′
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Mali

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Oumar Sissoko
Goalkeeper
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5
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-
 - 
5
 - 
27
 - 
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Bakaye Traoré
Midfielder
56′
 - 
21
Samba Diakité
Midfielder
 - 
-
Seydou Keita
Midfielder
23′
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-
Samba Sow
Midfielder
42′ 85′
 - 
11
 - 
14

Substitutes

1
Daniel Agyei
Goalkeeper
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16
Ernest Sowah
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
5
John Mensah
Defender
 - 
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
46′
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-
 - 
10
Charles Takyi
Midfielder
 - 
3
 - 
18
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Substitutes

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-
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Almamy Sogoba
Goalkeeper
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-
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24
Abdou Traoré
Midfielder
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-
 - 
-
 - 
22
Sidy Koné
Midfielder
 - 
9

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Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In GMT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
FC Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
Liverpool
4 2