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Ghana advance, Cte d'Ivoire lose

Published:Monday | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

LUANDA, Angola (AP):

Asamoah Gyan gave Ghana a 1-0 win over host Angola and a place in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations yesterday.

Gyan received a pass from Kojo Asamoah before firing a diagonal shot into the bottom corner.

However, substitute Hameur Bouazza scored in extra time to give Algeria a 3-2 win over fellow World Cup qualifier Cte d'Ivoire.

Algeria, playing in the biennial tournament for the first time since 2004, will next face either defending champion Egypt or Cameroon.

Poor marking

Bouazza took advantage of poor marking by Cte d'Ivoire defenders to score the winner in the second minute of extra time, heading home from Karim Ziani's cross from the left just a minute after coming on.

Cte d'Ivoire midfielder Salomon Kalou had opened the scoring in the fourth minute from close range before Karim Matmour's equaliser five minutes before the break.

Cte d'Ivoire thought they had won the game after substitute Kader Keita scored in the 88th minute with a superb 30-yards strike into the top left corner. But Madjid Bougherra levelled for Algeria in injury time with a header after being left unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box.

Early goal

Ghana, a four-time African Cup champion, which have also qualified for the World Cup later this year, will either play Zambia or Nigeria. The two teams meet today.

"We made an assessment of the Angolan team," Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said. "We wanted to get an early goal, and fortunately we got one. We could have scored more on the counter-attack."

"I am proud of my players," Angola coach Jose Manuel said. "We didn't take our chances. We knew Ghana were difficult opponents. I don't think we played badly."