Player Ratings: How the Black Stars fared against Cote d’Ivoire

Razak Braimah(6.5/10):  Ghana’s number one was not troubled for large spells, but dealt well with the few shots that came his way, with the exception of a cross he fluffed. Was on hand to deny Ivory Coast the lead with a great stop late in the second half. 

Harrison Afful (6.5/10)  : Had a few shaky moments in the first half, but improved considerably in the second. Was first to react to lose balls and made important interceptions to break out Ivory Coast attacks. 

John Boye( 8/10) : The center back had a superb game at the heart of defense alongside Jonathan Mensah. He kept the Ivory Coast forward line quiet, and produced some timely interceptions to prevent incursions. Definitely one of his best performances in the black Stars jersey.

Jonathan Mensah (7.5/10) : Often criticised for wrong decision-making and careless use of possession, he was more assured against the Ivorians and combined with Boye to handle Bony, Gervinho and later Doumbia. Will be please with his performance. 

Baba Rahman (7/10):  The young left-back hardly has a poor game for the national team, and he continued in that fashion, as he put in a solid shift in defense 

Andre Ayew (6/10):  Linked up well with Rahman on the left flank and was a constant threat.  Struck the post with a hopeful shot and looked to create openings at every given chance. 

Afryie Acquah(6/10):  Was impressive against his ‘idol’ Yaya Toure, and made sure the Man City man did not make too many surging runs into Ghana’s final third. 

Mubarak Wakaso (6.5/10) : Was his usual energetic and charged self, but failed to connect most of hs long range passes. Tried a few speculative efforts but failed to find the target.

Christian Atsu (7.5/10) : Ghana’s brightest spark in first half; run his marker ragged and looked the Black Stars’ main threat upfront. Was unlucky not to give his team the lead with a beautiful curler that came off the post. He continued to be a threat in the second half, but lost energy as the game wore down.

Kwesi Appiah (2/10) : The Cambridge man had his poorest game all tournament, perhaps understandably due to the quality of the opposition. Was poor in possession and failed to link up well with the midfielders.  

Asamoah Gyan (4/10) : Uncharacteristically quiet game for Ghana’s main man. The captain was an isolated figure upfront for most parts of the game, having to feed off loose balls. Was not helped by the fact that his strike partner Appiah failed offer him much support. 

Jordan Ayew (6/10):  Replaced Kwasi Appiah in the the first half of extra time and brought exactly what was needed. Did well to link up the the midfield and made dangerous runs that drew fouls from the opposition.

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