On January 23, at the Stadium of Mongomo, the matches of the second round of Group C were played. In the first match, Ghana won by one goal to nil against Algeria, while in the second, the national teams from Senegal and South Africa tied at one goal.
After the results obtained in the second round of Group C, the four teams still have options to pass to the next round, but the best placed are the boys of Senegal, while South Africa no longer depends on itself and will have to win and await the outcome of the next game.
In the first match of the day, Ghana had to wait until injury time and trust their biggest star, Asamoah Gyan, to achieve a victory that puts them in an excellent position to pass the group stage.
The match did not have much play to it, and the Algerians, knowing that a draw was a good result, controlled the match with Lacen, Brahimi and Feghouli, although they did not create excessive danger. The second half began with Ghana willing to take the match and Gyan’s header almost became the first goal; however, they had to wait until injury time, at which point, a ball cleared by the defense of Ghana reached Asamoah Gyan, who beat Medjani, and launched a cross shot before goalkeeper Mbolhi could do anything about it.
In the second group match, the teams of Senegal and South Africa tied in a match in which the Bafana Bafana took the lead thanks to a goal from Mayinsa. A goal that was compensated by Senegal, when Mbodji took the opportunity of a head play, a foul kick by Diop.
From that moment until the end of the match, there were opportunities for both teams, who were not able to take advantage of them: the first was Rantie’s, who could have scored the second goal for South Africans, then Ndoye’s, with a great shot, for the Senegalese.
Now we have to wait for the last round to see which teams will make it through to the next round.
Text: Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office