Date: February 1st, 2015
Venue: Nuevo Estadio De Malabo
City: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Time: 18:00 (CAT)
Match Result: Ghana 3 – 0 Guinea
Goal Scorers: Christian Atsu (4′); Kwesi Appiah (44′); Christian Atsu (61′)
The GSV Top Class Award
In a game that was for the most part one-sided, Ghana showed the kind of dominance that has seen them reach the semi finals in each of the last four Afcon tournaments. A decisive and penetrative attacking line was complemented by a solid defence, as football fans debated over how different the game would have been if it were Mali playing instead of the Guineans. Avram Grant will have been impressed by his side’s performance, especially that of winger and winner of the GSV Top Class Award Christian Atsu. The 22-year-old was at the heart of Ghana’s best moments, scoring a brace which included one of, if not the best goal of the tournament. His impressive performance should serve as a strong message to loan club Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez, who has only utilised the youngster on three occasions this season.
The GSV Class Clown Award
The GSV Class Clown Award must undoubtedly go to the Guinea national team. Having made it to the quarterfinal stage by virtue of a controversial and unjust lot-drawing process, one would have thought the Guineans would make the most of the chance afforded to them, but an uninspiring performance left fans feeling even more disappointed in the ‘drawing of lots’ concept. Anonymous for large parts of the game, Guinea did little to justify their spot in the last eight, and for that, they walk away from the tournament with the GSV Class Clown Award.
The Grand Stand View
Whether it was due to Ghana’s dominance or Guinea’s lack of ambition, this was one of the most one-sided fixtures we have seen this tournament. Ghana would have come into this fixture silently confident, but not even they would have expected a no-show on the part of their Guinean counterparts. They will be happy with their overall performance, and the clean sheet will give their stopper confidence going into their semifinal clash on Thursday. Guinea will walk away from the tournament knowing that they did little to earn anything but an afcon exit, and they will be hoping for a better showing in the next edition of the tournament, should they qualify.