After a shock opening-round loss, Ghana was on the doorstep of elimination. Had they drawn with Algeria today, Ghana would be on the outside looking in, essentially eliminated barring a host of requirements on the final day coming to fruition.
With the score knotted at 0-0, Asamoah Gyan saved the day for Ghana.
A long ball over the top saw Gyan absolutely torch Algerian defender Madjid Bouguerra with sheer pace, latch onto the ball, and rifle it to the far post past a helpless Rais M’Bholi. The goal secured three points for Ghana, who still sit out an advancing position on goal difference but are in a much more salvagable position heading into the final group stage match.
M’Bholi got up screaming at his defense, which is understandable given the complete lack of effort displayed not only by Bouguerra (you want some butter for that toast?) but also from the rest of the defenders who simply ease on the brakes and decide to watch their ship sink from afar.
Gyan’s heroics are only slightly better than his impeccable dance and rap skills, which he puts on display under the pseudonym “Baby Jet.” The goal is, as Baby Jet would say, “sexy like cheese.”
On a more serious note, Asamoah Gyan has now scored in all eight major tournaments he has represented his country in. That makes three World Cups and five AFCON competitions. A pretty remarkable statistic.
Later today the others in Group C, Senegal and South Africa, will square off. Senegal can go clear at the top of the group with six points if they win, while a win for South Africa would put all four teams even on three points.