Ghana in final after difficult challenge of crowd trouble

February 6, 2015 6:31 pm
Hurrah!!! in final after crowd trouble which was really a very difficult challenge. ’s
Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against hosts was
halted for 30 minutes because of crowd trouble in Malabo.

Ghana fans massed behind a goal after 82 minutes of the game to seek refuge from missiles being thrown at them.

Bottles rained down as police battled to gain control, while a helicopter hovered over the stadium.

Play resumed for just three minutes as Ghana completed a 3-0 win to reach Sunday’s final against Ivory Coast.

The Black Stars had taken a 2-0 lead into half-time, having opened
the scoring when Jordan Ayew dispatched a penalty after Kwesi Appiah had
been fouled by keeper Felipe Ovono.

They doubled their lead when Mubarak Wakaso drilled home following a counter-attack.

At the end of the first period, crowd unrest was already evident,
with the Ghana players shielded by police in riot gear as they left the
pitch.

Then, after had tapped in Ghana’s third on 75 minutes and
with only eight minutes left, the focus turned to their fans, who left
the stands to seek safety behind one of the goals.

Riot police shield Ghana players as they try to come off at half-time at the Estadio de Malabo

Play was stopped as bottles continued to be thrown by the home
supporters, littering the running track around the pitch. Chairs were
also thrown after being ripped from the stands.

With Equatorial Guinea only stepping in as replacement hosts in
November, there were plenty of concerns about preparations and security
before the tournament began.

Two quarter-finals were then moved from Ebebiyin and Mongomo amid reported fears of potential crowd issues, although the Confederation of African blamed the poor state of the pitches.

When police moved in to try to restore order in Malabo, it took a
considerable amount of time before the Ghana fans were safely escorted
from the stadium.

There were doubts about the match resuming, with officials locked in
discussions at the side of the pitch as the players remained on it.

Once the field was cleared of objects, the match restarted, only for
the referee to bring the game to an end three minutes later.

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