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Despite a flattering 2-0 scoreline, and an unconvincing victory, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan said winning was all that mattered in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium on Saturday.
Tournament debutants Cape Verde Islands proved worthy opposition for the much-fancied Ghana side. The Black Stars managed to turn the tide with their opening goal just after the interval.
“The key to our victory was the penalty and it opened up the game for us,” said Gyan after the match.
“We stood firm, we have experience. At these knockout stages, when you lose a game you are out the competition so the most important thing is we got through.”
Gyan said Cape Verde were a tactically astute outfit.
“They are tactically disciplined and we were expecting a difficult game. They were all behind the ball and they have very strong players.
“The first half was a bit frustrating because we couldn’t go through their defence.”
When the penalty was awarded in the 52nd minute su...
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