As it happened: Gabon score cracking late equaliser to knot Ghana at 1-1

Gabon's forward Jim Allevinah celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Group C Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Gabon and Ghana at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 14, 2022. © Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP

It was a game of two halves and two great goals as a magnificent 25-yard strike by ex-Marseille striker André Ayew put Ghana 1-0 up against Gabon in the 18th minute – then Jim Allevinah equalised with a similarly magnificent shot in the 88th minute.

Gabon attacked well in the game's opening minutes but Ghana's André Ayew scored a corker of a goal nearly 20 minutes in – smashing in a tremendous shot from the edge of the box, setting the mood for Ghana's ascendancy in the first half.

But Gabon were the team with all the attacking momentum in the tense second half, as Ghana defended well but also resorted to scrappy challenges and time-wasting. Then the inevitable moment came when Gabon's Jim Allevinah surged forward to smash the ball into the net in the dying minutes of the game.

Read FRANCE 24's liveblog below to see how the game unfolded:

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