2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group C

Group C of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was played from 19 January until 27 January in Equatorial Guinea. The group consisted of Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, and Senegal.[1] Ghana and Algeria advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Senegal and South Africa were eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
CAF Rankings
Points[nb 1]
FIFA Rankings
Start of event
C1   Ghana Group E winners 19 November 2014 20th 2013 Winners (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982) 48 37
C2   Algeria Group B winners 15 October 2014 16th 2013 Winners (1990) 28 18
C3   South Africa Group A winners 15 November 2014 9th 2013 Winners (1996) 23.5 52
C4   Senegal Group G runners-up 15 November 2014 13th 2012 Runners-up (2002) 19 35
Notes
  1. ^ The CAF rankings were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Ghana 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Algeria 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3   Senegal 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4   South Africa 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals:

  • Ghana advanced to play Guinea (runner-up of Group D).
  • Algeria advanced to play Ivory Coast (winner of Group D).

MatchesEdit

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).

Ghana vs SenegalEdit

Ghana took the lead in the 14th minute through a penalty by André Ayew, awarded after Christian Atsu was brought down by Bouna Coundoul. Senegal equalized in the 58th minute as Mame Biram Diouf headed in the rebound after his initial header hit the post, and won the game in the third minute of injury time as Moussa Sow shot home a pass from Diouf.[2][3]

Ghana  1–2  Senegal
A. Ayew   14' (pen.) Report Diouf   58'
Sow   90+3'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senegal
GK 1 Brimah Razak
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 18 Daniel Amartey
CB 5 Mohamed Awal
LB 17 Baba Rahman
DM 19 Jonathan Mensah
RM 13 Mohammed Rabiu   79'    83'
CM 10 André Ayew (c)   64'    88'
CM 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
LM 7 Christian Atsu   68'
CF 9 Jordan Ayew
Substitutions:
MF 11 Mubarak Wakaso   68'
MF 6 Afriyie Acquah   83'
FW 20 David Accam   88'
Manager:
  Avram Grant
 
GK 1 Bouna Coundoul (c   13'
CB 6 Lamine Sané
CB 3 Papy Djilobodji   46'
CB 2 Kara Mbodj
DM 8 Cheikhou Kouyaté
RM 12 Stéphane Badji
CM 17 Idrissa Gueye
CM 5 Papakouli Diop   85'
LM 18 Pape Souaré
CF 11 Dame N'Doye   25'    79'
CF 9 Mame Biram Diouf
Substitutions:
DF 21 Lamine Gassama   46'
FW 7 Moussa Sow   79'
MF 22 Henri Saivet   85'
Manager:
  Alain Giresse

Man of the Match:
Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal)[4]

Assistant referees:
Peter Edibe (Nigeria)
Hassan Egueh (Djibouti)
Fourth official:
Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

Algeria vs South AfricaEdit

South Africa took the lead in the 51st minute, as Thuso Phala shot home a pass from Sibusiso Vilakazi. They missed the chance to increase the lead four minutes later after Tokelo Rantie's penalty, awarded for a foul on Vilakazi by Aïssa Mandi, hit the bar and went out, and conceded the equalizer in the 67th minute, as Thulani Hlatshwayo headed Yacine Brahimi's cross into his own goal. Algeria took the lead as Faouzi Ghoulam received Sofiane Feghouli's cross, ran into the penalty area and hammered past the goalkeeper, and sealed the win in the 83rd minute, after Ishak Belfodil fed Islam Slimani, whose shot squirmed through the goalkeeper's hands.[5][6]

Algeria  3–1  South Africa
Hlatshwayo   67' (o.g.)
Ghoulam   72'
Slimani   83'
Report Phala   51'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Algeria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 20 Aïssa Mandi   53'
CB 12 Carl Medjani
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c)
LB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
RM 10 Sofiane Feghouli
CM 14 Nabil Bentaleb
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen   64'
LM 7 Riyad Mahrez   60'
CF 13 Islam Slimani
CF 11 Yacine Brahimi   90'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Ishak Belfodil   60'
MF 19 Saphir Taïder   64'
FW 15 Hillal Soudani   90'
Manager:
  Christian Gourcuff
 
GK 1 Darren Keet
RB 6 Anele Ngcongca
CB 14 Thulani Hlatshwayo
CB 2 Rivaldo Coetzee   29'
LB 11 Thabo Matlaba   33' 
DM 15 Dean Furman (c)
RW 18 Thuso Phala
AM 5 Andile Jali
LW 20 Oupa Manyisa
CF 23 Tokelo Rantie   79'
CF 10 Sibusiso Vilakazi   85'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Siyabonga Nhlapo   29'
FW 9 Bongani Ndulula   79'
MF 7 Mandla Masango   85'
Manager:
Ephraim Mashaba

Man of the Match:
Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria)[7]

Assistant referees:
Songuifolo Yéo (Ivory Coast)
Jean-Claude Birumushasu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Aboubacar Mario Bangoura (Guinea)

Ghana vs AlgeriaEdit

The only goal was scored in the second minute of second half injury time, as Asamoah Gyan chased down a long pass from Mubarak Wakaso to give Ghana the victory.[8][9]

Ghana  1–0  Algeria
Gyan   90+2' Report
Attendance: 12,387
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Algeria
GK 1 Brimah Razak
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 18 Daniel Amartey
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 17 Baba Rahman
CM 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
CM 6 Afriyie Acquah   26'    55'
RW 7 Christian Atsu
AM 9 Jordan Ayew   78'
LW 10 André Ayew   84'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Mubarak Wakaso   55'
FW 15 Mahatma Otoo   78'
MF 14 Solomon Asante   84'
Manager:
  Avram Grant
 
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 20 Aïssa Mandi
CB 12 Carl Medjani
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c   45+1'
LB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
CM 14 Nabil Bentaleb   73'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen   71'
RW 10 Sofiane Feghouli
LW 19 Saphir Taïder
CF 11 Yacine Brahimi   87'
CF 9 Ishak Belfodil   56'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Islam Slimani   56'
MF 7 Riyad Mahrez   71'
MF 17 Foued Kadir   87'
Manager:
  Christian Gourcuff

Man of the Match:
Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)[10]

Assistant referees:
Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Hassan Egueh Yacin (Djibouti)
Fourth official:
Joaquin Esono Eyang (Equatorial Guinea)

South Africa vs SenegalEdit

South Africa took the lead in the 47th minute, as Oupa Manyisa scored from Anele Ngcongca's cross. Senegal equalized in the 60th minute when Kara Mbodj headed in Papakouli Diop's free kick.[11][12]

South Africa  1–1  Senegal
Manyisa   47' Report Mbodj   60'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senegal
GK 22 Jackson Mabokgwane
RB 6 Anele Ngcongca
CB 14 Thulani Hlatshwayo   30'
CB 3 Eric Mathoho
LB 11 Thabo Matlaba
CM 15 Dean Furman (c)   79'
CM 5 Andile Jali
RW 18 Thuso Phala   67'
LW 20 Oupa Manyisa   72'
CF 23 Tokelo Rantie
CF 10 Sibusiso Vilakazi
Substitutions:
DF 21 Ayanda Gcaba   30'
FW 17 Bernard Parker   67'
MF 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane   72'
Manager:
Ephraim Mashaba
 
GK 1 Bouna Coundoul (c)
RB 21 Lamine Gassama
CB 6 Lamine Sané
CB 2 Kara Mbodj
LB 13 Cheikh M'Bengue
CM 17 Idrissa Gueye
CM 4 Alfred N'Diaye   84'
RW 7 Moussa Sow   79'
AM 5 Papakouli Diop   90'
LW 10 Sadio Mané
CF 9 Mame Biram Diouf
Substitutions:
FW 11 Dame N'Doye   79'
DF 8 Cheikhou Kouyaté   84'
FW 22 Henri Saivet   90'
Manager:
  Alain Giresse

Man of the Match:
Kara Mbodj (Senegal)[13]

Assistant referees:
Angesom Ogbamariam (Ethiopia)
Theogene Ndagijimana (Rwanda)
Fourth official:
Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)

South Africa vs GhanaEdit

South Africa took the lead in the 17th minute, as Mandla Masango volleyed in a headed clearance from the Ghana defence from outside the penalty area. Ghana equalized in the 73rd minute, when André Ayew's shot fell to John Boye to score. André Ayew clinched the win for Ghana with a header from a Baba Rahman cross in the 83rd minute, confirming Ghana as group winners, while South Africa were eliminated.[14][15]

South Africa  1–2  Ghana
Masango   17' Report Boye   73'
A. Ayew   83'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ghana
GK 16 Nhlanhla Khuzwayo
RB 6 Anele Ngcongca   37'
CB 3 Eric Mathoho
CB 2 Rivaldo Coetzee
LB 11 Thabo Matlaba
RM 18 Thuso Phala   58'
CM 15 Dean Furman (c)   79'
CM 5 Andile Jali
LM 7 Mandla Masango
CF 9 Bongani Ndulula   85'
CF 23 Tokelo Rantie   73'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Sibusiso Vilakazi   58'
MF 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane   73'
FW 17 Bernard Parker   85'
Manager:
Ephraim Mashaba
 
GK 1 Brimah Razak   90'
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
CB 18 Daniel Amartey   36'
LB 17 Baba Rahman
DM 6 Afriyie Acquah   70'
RM 7 Christian Atsu
CM 11 Mubarak Wakaso
LM 10 André Ayew
CF 9 Jordan Ayew   70'
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c)
Substitutions:
DF 21 John Boye   36'
MF 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu   70'
FW 2 Kwesi Appiah   70'
Manager:
  Avram Grant

Man of the Match:
Christian Atsu (Ghana)[16]

Assistant referees:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast)
Fourth official:
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)

Senegal vs AlgeriaEdit

Algeria took the lead in the 11th minute, when Madjid Bougherra's long free kick found Riyad Mahrez to score. They sealed the win in the 82nd minute after Nabil Bentaleb received Sofiane Feghouli's pass on the edge of the penalty area and shot home. As a result, Algeria advanced as group runners-up (behind Ghana based on head-to-head record), while Senegal were eliminated.[17][18]

Senegal  0–2  Algeria
Report Mahrez   11'
Bentaleb   82'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senegal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Algeria
GK 1 Bouna Coundoul (c)
RB 6 Lamine Sané
CB 3 Papy Djilobodji
CB 2 Kara Mbodj
LB 13 Cheikh M'Bengue   29'
RM 8 Cheikhou Kouyaté
CM 17 Idrissa Gueye
CM 12 Stéphane Badji   41'
LM 5 Papakouli Diop   54'
CF 10 Sadio Mané   66'
CF 9 Mame Biram Diouf   67'
Substitutions:
DF 18 Pape Souaré   81'    29'
FW 15 Papiss Cissé   54'
FW 11 Dame N'Doye   66'
Manager:
  Alain Giresse
 
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi   77'
RB 20 Aïssa Mandi
CB 12 Carl Medjani
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra (c)
LB 3 Faouzi Ghoulam
DM 14 Nabil Bentaleb
RM 10 Sofiane Feghouli
CM 19 Saphir Taïder   52'
LM 11 Yacine Brahimi   72'
CF 15 Hillal Soudani   80'
CF 7 Riyad Mahrez   90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Mehdi Lacen   72'
FW 9 Ishak Belfodil   80'
MF 21 Ahmed Kashi   90+2'
Manager:
  Christian Gourcuff

Man of the Match:
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)[19]

Assistant referees:
Waleed Ahmed Ali (Sudan)
Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)
Fourth official:
Joaquin Eyang (Equatorial Guinea)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal in Group of Death". CAF. 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Ghana 1-2 Senegal". BBC Sport. 19 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Ghana – Senegal". YouTube. 19 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Match report: Ghana 1–2 Senegal" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Algeria 3-1 South Africa". BBC Sport. 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Algeria – South Africa". YouTube. 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Match report: Algeria 3–1 South Africa" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Ghana 1-0 Algeria". BBC Sport. 23 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Ghana – Algeria". YouTube. 23 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Match report: Ghana 1–0 Algeria" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 23 January 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  11. ^ "South Africa 1-1 Senegal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2015.
  12. ^ "South Africa – Senegal". YouTube. 23 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Match report: South Africa 1–1 Senegal" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  14. ^ "South Africa 1-2 Ghana". BBC Sport. 27 January 2015.
  15. ^ "South Africa – Ghana". YouTube. 27 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Match report: South Africa 1–2 Ghana" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Senegal 0-2 Algeria". BBC Sport. 27 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Senegal – Algeria". YouTube. 27 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Match report: Senegal 0–2 Algeria" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.

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