Gabon 1-1 Ghana: Jim Allevinah’s equalizer gives the Panthers a point after the Black Stars frustrate them.

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Gabon 1-1 Ghana: Jim Allevinah’s equalizer gives the Panthers a point after the Black Stars frustrate them.

Ghana is one mistake away from exiting the Africa Cup of Nations group stage after being held to a 1-1 draw by Gabon thanks to a late equalizer from Jim Allevinah.

Despite leading for the majority of the game thanks to Andre Ayew’s opener, the Black Stars were defeated 1-0 by Morocco in their first match of the AFCON group stage on Monday.

Ayew picked up Thomas Partey’s fierce pass around 30 yards from goal in the first half, spun his man with ease before rasping a shot past the Gabon goalkeeper in what appeared to be the game-winner.

Gabon, however, who were missing captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to heart problems, scored a shock equaliser when substitute Allevinah hit a fierce left-footed effort into the bottom corner, sparking wild Gabonese celebrations.

Ghana’s frustrations were summed up in a post-full-time brawl in which substitute Benjamin Tetteh was sent off for throwing a punch.

The Black Stars squandered two points against a Gabonese side that posed little threat for the majority of the game.

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s close-range effort was well blocked in the first half, and Ghana goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott saved well at the feet of opposition striker Aaron Boupendza after the break.

Jordan Ayew came close to doubling Ghana’s lead at the other end, but his free-kick flew inches over the Gabon crossbar.

The Black Stars appeared content to settle for a one-goal advantage in order to earn their first points of the tournament.

However, Allevinah made them regret their complacency by settling just as the clock approached the 90-minute mark, putting the Panthers in a strong position to advance to the knockout rounds.

Ghana must beat Comoros in their final group game next week if they are to advance to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

Gabon, on the other hand, has four points, which should be enough to advance to the knockout stages.

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