Mozambique vs Ghana LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Mozambique vs Ghana LIVE! AFCON result, match stream and latest updates today

Mozambique vs Ghana LIVE!

Mozambique scored two goals in the stoppage time to hold Ghana to a 2-2 draw in their Group B clash at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday, a result that likely spells the end of the tournament for the much-fancied west Africans.

Two penalties from Jordan Ayew had Ghana comfortably ahead and looking well placed to finish second in the group behind Cape Verde, but a late rally handed Mozambique a share of the spoils. It was not enough for Mozambique, who finished bottom of the group, but only behind Ghana on goal-difference.

Two points from three matches is not likely to be enough for Ghana to qualify for the AFCON knockout rounds as one of four best third-placed finishers.

Mozambique vs Ghana highlights

  • GOAL! Jordan Ayew nets early Ghana penalty

  • GOAL! Second spot-kick converted by Ayew

  • GOAL! Dramatic finish after Catamo penalty

  • GOAL! Mambas snatch stoppage-time leveller

History repeats itself as Black Stars stunned by AFCON minnows

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Thanks for joining in us tonight's AFCON blog.

History repeated itself as Ghana's exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations was virtually sealed by a late 2-2 draw with Mozambique in Abidjan.

Jordan Ayew struck twice from the penalty spot to temporarily push the Black Stars above Egypt in Group B, who had fallen behind to Cape Verde in the other Group B game.

However, just as they did against Comoros two years ago, Ghana let the minnows back in and conceded stoppage-time goals to Geny Catamo's penalty and Reinildo Mandava's header which combined with Egypt's comeback win to surely send them home.

Recap the action with our match report!

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How Ghana can qualify for AFCON last-16

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Looking at the schedule for the third-placed teams, it is so nearly official.

Ghana will be out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations unless three results go their way.

Cameroon MUST draw with Gambia then Morocco MUST beat Zambia by a certain scoreline and DR Congo MUST beat Tanzania.

Highlights: The goal to send Ghana home

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Reinildo Mandava's header loops in at the death!

Mozambique 2-2 Ghana | FULL TIME!

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They only finish on two points in third place - that will surely send them home!

Mozambique 2-2 Ghana | 90+5 mins

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The local Ivory Coast fans are loving this - it hugely helps their chances of qualifying!

Ghana swing a corner in under the keeper... foul to Mozambique!

The Black Stars are heading home as it stands!

And Egypt are now leading too.

GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!!!! Mozambique 2-2 Ghana | Reinildo, 90+3'

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Reinildo Mandava's hopeful volley from range is touched by the Ghana goalkeeper to gift Mozambique a corner.

Will that be costly? The ball comes in...



Mozambique 1-2 Ghana | 90+2 mins

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Mozambique are on the front foot and win a corner...

Drama at the last!

GGOOAAALLL!!! Mozambique 1-2 Ghana | Catamo, 90+1'

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Geny Catamo... scores!

Six minutes of stoppage time to come...

Penalty to Mozambique!

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It's handball in the Ghana box by Andre Ayew!

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 89 mins

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Inaki Williams on for Mohammed Kudus, who hasn't hit anything like top form tonight.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 87 mins

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Lau King and the impressive Guima replaced by Mozambique, on come Joao Bonde and Shaquille.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 84 mins

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Nanani booked for downing Mohammed Kudus in that moment, with Mexer lucky to dodge a second yellow card for stepping on Kudus.

Jordan Ayew also booked for getting too involved.

Ultimately, it's all delays for Ghana to draw closer to full time.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 82 mins

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Ticking towards full-time here and Mohammed Kudus does well to win a free-kick up the field.

A bit of afters too as the Mozambique defender leaves a foot in after the whistle is blown.

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Highlights: Jordan Ayew nets his second penalty

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Ghana two goals to the good.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 75 mins

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Gildo Vilanculos flashes a header into the side netting!

Mozambique not going down quietly here.

Time for the second-half cooling break.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 73 mins

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Mozambique introduce their 40-year-old midfielder Dominuges as well as striker Stanley Ratifo.

Nene and Alfons Amade depart, in an attacking move.

Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | 72 mins

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Let's see how the Mambas respond to that suckerpunch, they were on the ascendancy but failed to make their pressure pay.

Defensive changes by Chris Hughton; Denis Odoi and Antoine Semenyo off for Alidu Seidu and Daniel Amartey.

GGGOOOOAAALLL!!! Mozambique 0-2 Ghana | Jordan Ayew, 70'

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Mozambique captain Mexer booked for his complaints as we await the spot-kick.

Jordan Ayew once again has the ball, this to surely put Ghana in the next round...


Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 67 mins

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The replay shows that was handball, technically, in that his arm was slightly out by his side as the shot hits him.

But he's looking to block it from about half a yard away, and the shot is cannoned in.

It's unlucky, without doubt. VAR gives the green light.

Penalty to Ghana!

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That is surely a harsh one! A shot in the box is blocked at point-blank range by Reinildo Mandava.

Yellow card shown, too.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 65 mins

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Superb ball to pick out Guima on the left flank and he sizzles a cross towards the six-yard box, which Mohammed Salisu is first to.

It's a sore one for the Ghana man too, as the attacker arrives late and clips his heel.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 63 mins

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Another booking, another suspension coming up for Ghana. This time it's centre-back Alexander Djiku.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 62 mins

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Richard Ofori comes to claim a corner and flaps at it, popping the ball up for Nene to head at the empty net... but it goes wide!

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 61 mins

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Change in attack for Mozambique as Witi is replaced by Gildo Vilanculos.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 59 mins

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A couple of moments in attack for Ghana but nothing threatening and Iddrisu Baba picks up a yellow card for felling his runner on the break.

That's his second yellow card and a one-game ban at the Cup of Nations.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 55 mins

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Alfons Amade next to hit the target after the Ghana keeper softly punches a corner clear, before gathering the header back towards the goal with ease.

Egypt equalise!

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In the other Group B game, Egypt pull level with Cape Verde via Trezeguet.

They're one goal away from leapfrogging Ghana into second place.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 50 mins

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Save almost spurned by Richard Ofori after Bruno Langa is played in by Lau King.

Mozambique are on the front foot...

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 49 mins

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Andre Ayew booked!

While shielding the ball, a loose hand caught Guima in the face. Perhaps a bit harsh, that.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 47 mins

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Bright start by the Mambas, they breach the Ghana box but Guima is well held up and the goalkeeper punches clear a quick cross.

It comes back in though and Lau King heads just wide!

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | Kick-off!

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Andre Ayew off the bench for Ghana at the break, for his 37th AFCON appearance - a new record!

Joseph Paintsil, who won the penalty but did little else, is replaced.

Group B situation at the break


Cape Verde, as already known, will top the group and even look good for a 100 per cent record.

Ghana sit on four points as things stand in second, before Egypt on two points in third and Mozambique on one point in fourth.

The goal difference is incredibly tight between Ghana and Egypt, were Ghana to concede here. There is a chance a point would still secure them second place but it's too early to say.

Mozambique showing promise

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With Egypt losing, a point would actually elevate Mozambique to third place to give them an outside shot at reaching the last-16.

They have worked the ball nicely and kept Ghana's breaks quiet - but a serious lack of shots (they've had one) is why they're behind.

Ghana walking a tightrope

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A welcome lead for the Black Stars but they have shown very little appetite for grabbing a second.

Sit deep and counter has been the plan and, while their defending has been resolute, there is next to nothing happening at the other end.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | Half-time!

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Jordan Ayew's penalty has Ghana ahead at the break.

The result would certainly be good enough but the performance has been very tepid from the Black Stars.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 45+2 mins

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Cape Verde lead Egypt!

Great news for Ghana, who would therefore take second place in Group B with a win.

It also means Ivory Coast's hopes of grabbing a third-place slot in the knockouts have improved...

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 45 mins

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The board goes up for four added minutes.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 42 mins

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Technically that might count as Mozambique's first attempt at goal, Witi fires a very optimistic effort over the bar from 25 yards out.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 40 mins

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Slick pass from Mohammed Kudus in behind sends Antonio Semenyo into the Mozambique box but great work by Reinildo Mandava - of Atletico Madrid, remember - ushers him away before winning a foul.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 37 mins

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Majeed Ashimeru is forced off for the second game in a row, with the midfielder taken away on a stretcher as Iddrisu Baba comes on for Ghana.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 34 mins

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Another fine run by left-back Bruno Langa into the Ghana box, another cross cleared.

It's a little bit precarious from the Black Stars at the moment, they haven't threatened a second goal at all.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 33 mins

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Mozambique boss Chiquinho Conde giving some stern instructions to star midfielder Guima before the restart.

It might be along the lines of "just hit it" with the Mambas perhaps overplaying it from good moments around the box.

We're back underway.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 31 mins

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Geny Catamo booked for arriving second to a 50/50 and taking out his man.

Time for a cooling break.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 30 mins

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More good work by the Mambas but still no shot on goal, Bruno Langa bursts into the box before Guima pops up - he's been very busy in midfield for Mozambique.

But the final ball into the box is dealt with.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 28 mins

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Majeed Ashimeru takes the first booking of the game for felling Geny Catamo on a break for Mozambique.

Decent ball into the box after the free-kick, Denis Odoi hoofs clear.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 24 mins

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The Black Stars are happy to sit back in the face of Mozambique holding most of the possession.

The Mambas yet to fire off a shot with Ghana's counter-attacks looking the most threatening route to goal.

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Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 21 mins

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Meanwhile, it's goalless in the other Group B game between Cape Verde and Egypt, which suits Ghana.

Highlights: Jordan Ayew nets penalty for Ghana

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Not the slickest of run-ups but a calm finish nonetheless.

Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | 17 mins

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Ghana with the early advantage and this result will surely be enough to send them into the last-16.

But, it is very early still and their fans may not feel settled until the extend this lead.

Let's see how attack-minded they are from here on in.

GGGOOOAALLL!! Mozambique 0-1 Ghana | J. Ayew, 15'

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Big moment for the Black Stars.

Jordan Ayew from the penalty spot... he rolls it home!

Mozambique 0-0 Ghana | 14 mins

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VAR has a little look at that foul, perhaps Nanani is unlucky and the contact isn't huge but he clumsily takes out his man.

Jordan Ayew has the ball...

Penalty to Ghana!

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As clear as day! Joseph Paintsil beats his man and is clearly tripped from behind by Nanani.

Mozambique 0-0 Ghana | 10 mins

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Steady start from the Mambas in possession, which the stats have them dominating early on.

Ghana yet to get Mohammed Kudus on the ball in the final third.

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Mozambique 0-0 Ghana | 6 mins

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Bruno Langa bails out Reinildo Mandava as the Mozambique defender allows Joseph Paintsil to steal in by the 18-yard line, before his teammate holds up the Ghana winger and they win it back.

Mozambique 0-0 Ghana | 4 mins

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The Black Stars in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation and Jordan Ayew, on the left wing, looks to burst into space but hesitates and is well tackled.

Mozambique 0-0 Ghana | 1 min

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A good crowd has stuck around for this one, with a fair few orange Ivory Coast shirts in the stands still.

Ghana straight on the front foot and a good save earns them a corner from Antoine Semenyo's shot.

Mozambique vs Ghana | Kick-off!

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We are underway in this Group B finale!

Ghana in white, Mozambique in red.

Man in the middle

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Final pre-game ceremonies to tick off before we get going, our referee tonight is Mutaz Ibrahim of Libya.

Here's a reminder of the line-ups:

Time for the national anthems

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The grand old tune that is 'Pátria Amada' starts us off before Ghana's 'God Bless Our Homeland Ghana'.

Here come the players!

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The captains lead out the teams in Abidjan, kick-off is moments away!

How Group B looks ahead of kick-off

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Cape Verde have topped a tough group, who will join them in the knockouts?

Mozambique vs Ghana | Countdown to kick-off

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We are 15 minutes away from the big kick-off in Abidjan, at a venue where Ivory Coast hearts have just been broken.

Maybe we can't expect too much of a crowd for this one, although Ghana in particular have taken a lot of fans across the border.

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The history Ghana do not want to repeat

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It was Ahmed Mogni who struck the late winner for Comoros two years ago as Ghana were dumped out of the Cup of Nations.

That result forms part of a six-game winless run for the Black Stars at the competition, their longest-ever!

Not since a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the 2019 groups have they tasted victory at an AFCON.

Chris Hughton under no illusions what's required

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The veteran manager has stood in some of the most famous dugouts in the world but it is a different type of pressure facing Chris Hughton tonight.

Ghana dropping out of the Cup of Nations at this hurdle would be a tarnish on his esteemed record and, for the nation's fans, an inexcusable humiliation.

He said: "The players know what it will take to get a result. There are no easy games in this tournament

"We have to be physically and mentally prepared for this."

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Mozambique return to back four

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Firstly, Ivane Urubal comes in as the goalkeeper behind a return to a back four.

Nanani replaces Edmilson Dove as Nene comes in for Domingos to shuffle the midfield around.

Up front, Lau King replaces regular starting striker Stanley Ratifo.

Game faces on

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Ghana have absolutely no margin for error tonight.

Defeat sends them home and a draw will leave them needing Egypt to lose to Cape Verde - or for an unlikely spot at a best third-placed team.

Victory should assure them of qualification, one way or another.

Inaki Williams dropped by Ghana

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The attacker's error in the draw with Egypt has seen him taken out of the starting line-up with Joseph Paintsil back having been in the XI that lost to Cape Verde.

It is otherwise an unchanged team from the last game.

Mozambique vs Ghana | Countdown to kick-off

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Just 45 minutes to go until this Group B finale begins.

If the early kick-offs are anything to go by... expect drama!

All over in Group A

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Ivory Coast may well be going home!

A 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea has the hosts on the brink, relying on an unlikely spot as a best third-placed team to reach the last-16.

Equatorial Guinea top Group A, followed by Nigeria.

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Mozambique team news confirmed

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Mozambique XI: Ivan; Nanani, Mandava, Mexer, Bruno Langa; Amade, Nene; Witi, Guimaraes, Catamo; Lau King

Subs: Siluane, Malembana, Amadu, Pelembe, Dove, Clesio, Joao Bonde, Fazito, Ratifo, Macandza, Vilanculos, Nangy

How Ghana line up today

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Ghana XI: Ofori; Odoi, Djiku, Salisu, Mensah; Abdul Samed, Ashimeru; Paintsil, Kudus, J. Ayew; Semenyo

Subs: Seidu, A. Ayew, Bukari, Wollacott, Owusu, Ati-Zigi, Fatawu, Amartey, Williams, Nuamah, Baba, Sowah

Mozambique vs Ghana | Countdown to kick-off

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In about an hour the teams will emerge from the tunnel in Abidjan before the 8pm GMT kick-off.

Team news is expected soon...

Catastrophe for Ivory Coast!

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The first game of this evening's double-header at Alassane Ouattara Stadium is turning decisively against the AFCON hosts.

Equatorial Guinea have survived two Ivorian goals, both ruled out for offside by VAR, before striking twice themselves in the past few minutes... they lead 3-0.

We might not have many fans left in the stadium for Mozambique vs Ghana!

Head-to-head record

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Mozambique have only managed to score two goals in their six meetings with Ghana.

Mozambique wins: 0

Draws: 2

Ghana wins: 4

Mozambique vs Ghana latest odds

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Mozambique to win: 11/2

Draw: 29/10

Ghana to win: 1/2

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

AFCON latest scores

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Group A is currently heading towards its conclusion with half an hour to go in the 5pm kick-offs.

Ivory Coast are staring down the barrel of elimination, a goal down to Equatorial Guinea.

It's more comfortable for Nigeria, who are set to finish second on goal difference, as they lead Guinea-Bissau by a goal to nil.

Ghana depart for the venue

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The Alassane Ouattara Stadium awaits the Black Stars, with hosts Ivory Coast currently in action there.

Mozambique vs Ghana prediction


Ghana are now on a six-match winless run at the Africa Cup of Nations and they will on the first flight home if that becomes seven.

The Black Stars have put themselves under huge pressure, but they can take some confidence from what was a largely positive performance against Egypt.

Kudus' return brought a real threat to Ghana's attack and if they can cut out the silly mistakes at the back, they can edge a nervy encounter.

Ghana to win, 1-0.


What we think the Ghana line-up could be


Predicted Ghana XI: Ofori; Odoi, Djiku, Salisu, Mensah; Abdul Samed, Ashimeru; Williams, Kudus, Ayew; Semenyo

Early Ghana team news


The return of Mohammed Kudus from a hamstring injury was a significant boost for Ghana, as he scored twice in the draw with Egypt. He did not appear to suffer any setbacks in that match and should start again.

Inaki Williams came into the side and made a huge error to gift Egypt their opening goal, but could keep his place after Osman Bukari struggled even more.

Bukari came on as a substitute for Williams, lost the ball as Egypt equalised for a second time and was withdrawn by boss Chris Hughton after just 15 minutes on the pitch.

Our prediction for the Mozambique team


Predicted Mozambique XI: Siluane; Mexer, Edmilson, Mandava; Domingos, Amade, Guima, Langa; Witi, Rifo, Vilanculos

Early Mozambique team news


Lau King and Domingues both came on at half-time in Mozambique's defeat to Cape Verde and will be hoping to earn spots in the starting lineup against Ghana.

Mozambique switched formations for their last match, with Atletico Madrid's Reinildo moving into a back three, and it remains to be seen whether they stick with that system.

Where to watch Mozambique vs Ghana

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League. Coverage starts at 7.55pm BST ahead of an 8pm kick-off.

Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch on a live stream via the Sky Go app.

Mozambique vs Ghana LIVE!

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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's coverage of Mozambique vs Ghana!

This is the big one for both teams at the Africa Cup of Nations, as Group B ends tonight.

A win for either will likely send them into the last-16, depending on the result of Cape Verde vs Egypt and the third-place rankings.

Kick-off comes at 8pm GMT from Alassane Ouattara Stadium.

Follow all the build-up, team news, match action and reaction right here.

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