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The Black Stars of Ghana got back to winning ways with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria in a crucial Group C encounter at the Estadio Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea.

A late Asamoah Gyan strike proved priceless for a side that was desperately in need for a win to sustain any hope of qualifying to the next stage of the tournament.

The Stars had their job cut out. They needed nothing but a win to put their destiny in their own hands but the task looked difficult against one of the favorites of the tournament.

And when the clock ticked slowly into regulation time, the Stars looked to settle for a draw and hope for a miracle in their final group game against South Africa but Gyan who was returning after a bout of malaria had other ideas.

He teasingly outwitted his marker in added time before slotting the ball at the far corner for the only and what would once again prove a decisive goal for the Al Ain striker.

The game looked dry and boring in the first half with both teams getting a lot physical. It was the Algerians who settled first and dictated the pace for most part. The Stars were hardly able to string passes let alone to create chances.

It was the Algerians who had an opening early in the 19th minute but Feghouli’s touch from a cross strolled across the face of goal.

Ghana hardly threatened and when they did courtesy a Christian Atsu pass, Ghoulam came in with a wild clearance before Gyan could strike.

The Stars began to exert more pressure on the Algerians with some rampaging runs on the right from Atsu.

Ghana hardly threatened and when they did courtesy a Christian Atsu pass, Ghoulam came in with a wild clearance before Gyna could strike.

The Stars began to exert more pressure on the Algerians with some rampaging runs on the right from Atsu.

Back from recess it was the Stars who took the game to the Algerians with the North Africans left with no other choice but to defend.

Asamoah Gyan had his glancing header from an Afful cross flash wide in the 53rd minute. It was that close. Eight minutes later Jordan Ayew combined well with his senior brother Dede Ayew but his cheeky back heel missed the post by inches.

In a rare attack from the Algerians, Ghana’s defence was split open but with Razak Braimah to beat, Bentaleb shot just wide.

Seconds later Gyan breached the Algerian defence but his feeble strike from his weaker left foot bounced awkwardly for a goal kick with M’Bolhi looking on.

The introduction of Mubarak Wakaso also brought some level of stability to the Ghana midfield and it was the cultured left footed player who initiated what became a kick of glory for the Stars.

Wakaso volleyed a long ball in with just a minute remaining in added time but the Al Ain striker latched onto it with a deft touch on the left foot before finishing off with an immaculate strike.

It was virtually the last kick of the game with very little time for Algeria to respond. They couldn’t.

The results leaves Group C wide open even though South Africa and Senegal are yet to play their second Group C match later in the evening.

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  1. well i will admit that when i saw that gana was going to the final, i went to maracanazo.com to see your prscootins..and i must say that i was agreably surprised to see that you assumed your errors in your prscootins! so i must say that you have done well finally, it ias always very good to admit and finally it is true, life is full of surprises otherwise it would be very boring. i remember a game almost two years ago, coupe db4europe, where turkey ( donb4t remember agains who they were playing) played until the end and everybody had already considered that they were finished but they fought so incredibly well that they made two unexpected goals at thelast minutes of the games, so who will win the 2010 world cup? i can already say that i beleive that brazil will not win 2010 ( allthough THEY WILL WIN 2014!shall it be an african team which would be a fantastic surprise and innovation on the world cup history!?or surprisengly argentina? france has really almost no chance to win, i would bet on an unexpected team this year and not on the tradional winning teams of always.

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