Cameroon two Ghana 0: Late double sends Broos’ boys into the final
Late second-half targets from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog secured Cameroon’s passage for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final as they beat Ghana 2-0 on Thursday to setup a showdown with Egypt.
Cameroon failed to locate the net for the duration of a initially half which they dominated, but Hugo Broos’ side held firm at the back and punished Ghana deep in to the second period to confirm a repeat of your 2008 final that Egypt edged 1-0.
After a rather pragmatic approach to their quarter-final triumph more than Senegal, Cameroon posed drastically extra attacking threat to Ghana, with wingers Benjamin Moukandjo and Bassogog especially prominent.
They failed to produce the most of their superiority inside the very first half, although, and Ghana improved after the break to turn out to be the controlling force.
But Avram Grant’s side endured equivalent woes in front of purpose and their profligacy was punished by Ngadeu-Ngadjui 18 minutes from time – the defender pouncing on a defensive mix-up.
Ghana poured males forward in desperate fashion towards the end and that played into Cameroon’s hands, as they added a second due to Bassogog in stoppage time, with the Indomitable Lions hoping to claim a initial continental title due to the fact 2002.
Cameroon were criticised for appearing to play for penalties once they narrowly defeated Senegal inside a shoot-out within the previous round, but there was no danger of comparable accusations becoming repeated this time just after they began in purposeful style.
They only had to wait eight minutes for their initially possibility, as Adolphe Teikeu met a corner delivery and saw his header cleared off the line by Harrison Afful.
Shortly immediately after, Moukandjo sent a low cross towards the penalty spot from the left flank and Ndip Tambe hit a first-time work straight at goalkeeper Razak Brimah.
Cameroon’s early dominance did subside slightly, even though Ghana struggled to carve out clear-cut probabilities.
They did ultimately slice by way of the Cameroon defence, even so, as Jordan Ayew raced on to Christian Atsu’s through-ball and shot proper across the face of aim from a tight angle.
Ghana enhanced soon after the break and they felt aggrieved about not getting awarded a penalty early inside the second half soon after Thomas Partey’s half-volley appeared to deflect off Teikeu’s arm in the location.
Mubarak Wakaso was the next to go close, forcing an acrobatic – albeit straightforward – save from Fabrice Ondoa with his curling 25-yard free-kick.
Ghana continued to apply meaningful stress, but Ondoa and Cameroon held firm in the back.
The identical couldn’t be stated about Ghana’s defence, nonetheless, as a mix-up involving Brimah and centre-back John Boye from a routine Cameroon free-kick permitted Ngadeu-Ngadjui to finish into an empty net from a tight angle.
Cameroon’s strong defensive unit then took over, maintaining their opponents at bay and they eventually wrapped factors up in the third minute of stoppage time, as Bassogog raced clear on the break and supplied a cool finish previous Brimah.