AFCON 2017: Mozambique 0-0 Ghana: Black Stars held in Maputo

Ghana coach Avram Grant made four changes to the side that defeated Mozambique 3-1 in Accra on Thursday.

Alfred Duncan started in midfield while Leicester City man Jeffrey Schlupp came in for Christian Atsu. Agyeman Badu and Ebenezer Assifuah were handed starting roles in place of Wakaso Mubarak and Majeed Waris respectively.

The first goal chance of the game fell to Ghana when Assifuah connected Harrison Afful’s deep cross on the 9th minute, but his last ditch effort floated too wide.

Ghana continued to push for the opener but kept losing balls in the process. Jordan Ayew rounded Mozambique goalkeeper on 21st minute with an empty net left to slot home his finish, but was flagged offside.

Mozambique gradually found their rhythm, with Eliase Pelembe shooting wide of Brimah’s post after being set up deep in Ghana area.

The hosts wasted yet another clear cut chance before halftime when Apson Manjate raced down the right flank to create an opening for Pelembe, who fired over the crossbar. A similar move from Manjate moments later hit the woodwork.

Ghana continued to impress after the break but remained wasteful in front of goal.

A quick counter-attack on 72nd minute saw Schlupp setting up Ayew in Mozambique box, but the Aston Villa striker, instead of going for goal, laid for Alfred Duncan, whose effort went too comfortable for the goalkeeper.

Grant brought on Waris for injured Assifuah as he altered the shape of his side. However, the Lorient striker failed to show some of the magic that has seen him inspire the French side this season in Ligue 1.

Isaac de Carvalho outmuscled two Ghana defenders, cut inside and released a thunderbolt from 30 yards out which flew just over the crossbar on 80th minute.

With the match heading for a draw, Schlupp had a golden opportunity to snatch the winner for Ghana when a poor clearance fell on his part near the post, but his finish was too feeble for the shot-stopper.

Ghana still lead Group H with 10 points from four games and a win at home against Rwanda will seal their place at the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.

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