Ghana And Mali Draw Friendly

Ghana and Mali played out to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining international friendly match at the Stade Sebastien Charlety in Paris, France on Tuesday.  It was the Ghanaians who began the match the brighter as they dominated the possession with Christian Atsu as their main danger man and he came close to opening the scoring in the 18th minute after skipping over a challenge and drifting into the box but he blasted his shot wide.  The Malians looked content with defending deep and hitting their opponents on the counterattack, and the Eagles’ best chance of the half came in the 28th minute as Sambou Yatabare unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but it hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety.

Atsu had a great chance to break the deadlock before half-time as he capatalised on a poor clearance but his curling effort went wide of the mark.  Avram Grant’s men continued the second half from where they had left off and had their goal in the 53rd minute as a goalkeeping error had Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu in to stroke the ball into the empty net to hand the Black Stars the lead.  The goal seemed to stir Mali as they began playing with more determination and were duly rewarded as Richmond Boakye brought down Molla Wague in the box.

Bakary Sako stepped up and converted the penalty to level the scores in the 70th minute.  Both teams created good scoring opportunities late on but couldn’t find the back of the net as the match ended in a draw in the French capital.