Ghana reaches ANC quarterfinals

BY foxsports • January 19, 2010

World Cup qualifier Ghana beat 10-man Burkina Faso 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals.

Andre Ayew's header in the 30th minute was enough to set up a match against Angola in the knockout round.

Ghana finished with three points after two games, one behind Ivory Coast. Burkina Faso finished with one point. The fourth team in the group, Togo, had earlier withdrawn from the tournament after an armed attack on the team bus killed two members of its delegation.

Ghana, a four-time tournament winner, will play Angola on Sunday in Luanda. Ivory Coast will stay in Cabinda for its quarterfinal against fellow World Cup qualifier Algeria.

Burkina Faso, needing just a draw to advance, was dealt a blow in the 65th when Hamadou Tall was sent off for elbowing Asamoah Gyan. Ghana was missing six starters, including Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

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