Afcon 2019: How Ghana edged Guinea Bissau to top group: By The Numbers

Jordan Ayew Ghana Guinea Bissau
After two tame draws, the Black Stars reacted with a convincing victory over Djurtus. Here are the key stats and facts from the match

  1. Jordan Ayew winning love from fans

    Jordan Ayew winning love from fans

    Jordan Ayew has been heavily criticised in this tournament but is gradually winning back support thanks to his recent inspiring performances.

    After his goal last night he has now been involved in four of the Black Stars’ last seven goals at the Africa Cup of Nations (3 goals, 1 assist)

  2. How Ghana won the midfield battle

    How Ghana won the midfield battle

    One of the areas where the Black Stars outclassed Guinea Bissau was in the midfield. Ghana had 27 recoveries as compared to Guinea Bissau’s 18.

    A total of 165 passes were completed by Andre Ayew and Co. as opposed to just 60 for their opponents. Fewer fouls (6) were also committed by the Ghanaians in this zone while GB had 10.

  3. Balanced offensive stats

    Balanced offensive stats

    Although Ghana won the game, the offensive stats were almost even - an indication of how both teams needed the three points to progress.

    That battle for supremacy showed in the successful passing stats as Guinea Bissau recorded just 76.5% of passing success while Ghana managed a respectable 82.1%.          

  4. Another good day for Ofori

    Another good day for Ofori

    The Ghana goalkeeper achieved another clean sheet on Tuesday but that was not all. He faced fewer shots (5) as opposed to his opponent’s 13, and completed 16 passes and 5 goal kicks.

  5. The defenders laboured for it

    The defenders laboured for it

    Ghana defenders kept their opponents at bay by any means necessary by committing more fouls (13) than the two from GB’s defenders.

    Interceptions were even (3), while Ghana won more headers (27 to 18) and made more completed passes (124 to 108).