11 October 2014 23:31
Ibrahima Traore salvaged a point for Guinea as they fought-back to draw 1-1 with Ghana in their African Cup of Nations qualifier in Morocco.
Asamoah Gyan’s first-half strike had appeared to be enough to earn Maxwell Konadu’s unbeaten side all three points in a game that was relocated amid the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
But Guniea captain Traore led by example – the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder levelling with a sublime curling effort in the 80th minute.
What had been a rather tepid affair suddenly had a thrilling climax, with both sides pushing hard for a winner.
Celtic winger Wakaso Mubarak had a shot parried away by Guinea goalkeeper Naby-Moussa Yattara before Traore again went close with another long-range shot.
Guinea were without one of their key performers Alhassane Bangoura – the speedy Rayo Vallecano winger having withdrawn from the squad due to concerns over the Ebola crisis.
And his presence was severely missed, with his replacement Seydouba Soumah failing to convert a gilt-edged chance when he headed wide from close range.
However, coach Michel Dussuyer will be proud of his Guinea side’s determined performance, bouncing back from their 2-0 loss to Uganda last time out.