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Accidents and accidents do not stop the Cup of Nations…this time, even a fist

[인터풋볼] Reporter Ha Geun-soo = Accidents continue to occur at the African Cup of Nations. This time, after the match ended, a skit was made in which players from both teams engaged in a brawl.


Ghana and Gabon drew 1-1 in the second leg of Group C of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations held at Stade Amadou Ajijo in Yaounde, Cameroon on the 15th at 4 am (Korean time). With this draw, Gabon placed 2nd with 4 points and Ghana was 3rd with 1 point.

Ghana, ranked 52nd in the FIFA rankings, and Gabon, ranked 58th, faced off against each other. As the two teams were aiming to advance to the tournament, a victory was absolutely necessary. Ghana scrambled Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Thomas Fati (Arsenal), Abdul Rahman Baba and Andy Iadom (Reading above).

Gabon experienced a power vacancy when main gun Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was absent due to heart problems. Instead, we started the match based on a 3-5-2 formation with Denis Buanga (Saint-Edienne), who plays for French Ligue 1, at the front.

Ghana was the first to laugh. Andre IU, who received a pass from the party in the 18th minute of the first half, outdone the opponent’s defense in front of the arc. Although it was a bit far away, he took a bold shot and the ball headed into the corner of the goal to take the lead. Gabon, who gave up the lead, tried to score with a counterattack using a long ball, but it did not come to fruition easily.

A theater goal was scored just before the end, amidst the defeat. In the 43rd minute of the second half, substitute Jim Alevina caught the ball from the side of the box. Afterwards, he scored the equalizer with a ground-ball shot aimed at the right post. In the end, the fierce match ended in a draw.

The incident occurred after the match was over. British ‘Talk Sports’ reported, “Ghana striker Benjamin Theta appeared as a substitute in extra time in the second half. However, he threw a shot with his fist before the foot. When the whistle blew at the end of the game, players from both teams clashed.”

“During the fight, Theta punched Aaron Buffenza, the opponent’s striker. After that, Theta exited the arena through a tunnel. Algerian referee Rahlu Benbraham had a party to bring Theta, and he received a red card on the spot. received,” he explained.

The African Cup of Nations is being pointed out as a skit that has even led to a scuffle following the unprecedented ’85-89 minute whistle’ incident not long ago.

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