the republic logo

Algeria and Senegal win their opening games at the African Cup of Nations

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea — Moussa Sow scored in the third minute of second-half injury time, giving Senegal a 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday night in its African Cup of Nations opener.

With Ghana missing captain Asamoah Gyan, who was sidelined with malaria, the Black Stars went ahead on a 14th-minute penalty kick by Andre Ayew. Christian Atsu was fouled by Senegal goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul said, a former starter in Major League Soccer for Colorado and the New York Red Bulls.

PHOTO: Senegal's Mame Birame Diouf, second from left, scores a goal against Ghana's goalkeeper Razak Braimah, right, during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Ghana and Senegal in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Senegal's Mame Birame Diouf, second from left, scores a goal against Ghana's goalkeeper Razak Braimah, right, during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Ghana and Senegal in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Mame Biram Diouf tied the score with a header in the 66th after his initial effort bounced off a post.

In the day's other game, tournament favorite Algeria rallied to beat South Africa 3-1.

Thuso Phala put Bafana Bafana ahead in the 51st. Given a chance to extend the lead two minutes later, Tokelo Rantie put his penalty kick off the crossbar and over.

Algeria tied the score in the 67th on an own goal when South Africa's Thulani Hlatshwayo misdirected a header over his own goalkeeper and into the net. Faouzi Ghoulam scored the go-ahead goal in the 71st and Islam Slimani padded the margin in the 82nd.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.