Gabon 1-1 Ghana: Allevinah’s last-gasp equalizer results in chaotic post-match scenes

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Gabon gave themselves a great chance of reaching the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations thanks to Jim Allevinah’s 88th-minute goal, which sealed a 1-1 draw with Ghana.

Once again bereft of the talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was lost due to “heart injuries” after contracting COVID-19 last week, the Panthers fought back on Friday.

Andre Ayew had lashed out at four-time AFCON champion Ghana in the 18th minute with a powerful shot just outside the Gabon box.

It was a brilliant effort from the Black Stars captain, who according to Opta had only a five per cent chance of converting the chance, but the poison in his shot went past Gabon goalkeeper Jean Noel Amonome.

However, it was the only try Ghana managed to score and they had to pay late when a quick free kick stunned their defence, with substitute Allevinah drilling a low shot.

Ayew’s angry reaction at full time resulted in a fight on the pitch, with the referee then showing a red card after the match to Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh, who punched a Gabonese player in the face before apparently running away from the scene.

Gabon has four points in Group C, with leaders Morocco now through. Meanwhile, Ghana must beat Comoros to have a chance of advancing.

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