Ghana became the second team to reach the quarter final after beating Mali by a lone goal on Saturday in Port-Gentil. The Black Stars raised their tally to six points to remain top of Group D, five more than Mali with just a game to play. Egypt has one point and faces pointless Uganda later in Saturday at the same venue.

Veteran Asamoah Gyan scored what proved to be the game’s only goal after 22 minutes to lead his side to yet another AFCON knockout stage, a feat Ghana has achieved in all editions since 2008.

The game started on a quiet note as both sides played with caution. The spectators at the Stade de Port-Gentil had to wait until the 17th minute when Ghana talisman Christian Atsu weaved his way past two defenders, before laying the cross to Andre Ayew who missed the target from just five yards away.

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