Having failed to score in their opening two group fixtures, Comoros entered the contest searching for their first-ever goal at the AFCON, but fans of ‘Les Coelacanths’ would not have to wait any longer for their piece of history. In the fourth minute, a swift counter attack was clinically finished off by El Fardou Ben Nabouhane, who drove the ball into the bottom corner to give his side a precious lead.
On the brink of a shock exit from the tournament, Ghana’s task became all the more difficult, when André Ayew was shown a controversial red card in the 25th minute. The Al-Sadd man was dismissed for a challenge on goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina, which led to the Comoros number one being replaced by Ali Ahamada. The ‘Black Stars’ responded well to Ayew’s dismissal and were inches away from equalising before HT, when Thomas Partey’s thunderous free-kick whistled just wide.
Although the second half started slowly, the contest came to life just after the hour mark. Ahmed Mogni doubled his side’s advantage, when he created a yard of space to fire past Joe Wollacott from the edge of the box. The two-goal cushion was to be short-lived though, as substitute Richmond Boakye headed home Daniel-Kofi Kyereh’s corner-kick to give Ghana a foothold in the contest.
With momentum in their favour, the 10 men began to pile the pressure on the Comoros defence, and they restored parity in the 77th minute, with Alexander Djiku sweeping home from a corner kick. Despite squandering a two-goal lead, Amir Abdou’s side snatched all three points when Mogni grabbed his second goal of the evening, poking the ball into the awaiting net from close range. The narrow victory may not be enough for Comoros, who will now have to see if they qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.