Cameroon move onto four points at the top of Group F after a woeful 0-0 draw with Ghana, who are in danger of being knocked out.
Cameroon 0-0 Ghana
Ghana remain winless at the Africa Cup of Nations after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Group F leaders Cameroon at the Ismailia Stadium on Saturday.
Kwesi Appiah’s side could only manage a 2-2 draw against Benin in their opening game and they were frustrated again versus a Cameroon side who move on to four points at the group’s summit.
Ghana came agonisingly close to sealing all three points in the closing stages when substitute Owusu Kwabena’s powerful drive crashed back off the crossbar.
However, they will now be under pressure when they face Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday in their final group game. Cameroon, meanwhile, are in pole position to qualify for the last 16 and face Benin on the same day.
Ghana looked sharper from the outset and should have forged ahead after nine minutes but Thomas Partey blazed over from 12 yards after being picked out by Jonathan Mensah.
That was followed soon after by a Christian Atsu effort from distance that fizzed past Andre Onana’s left-hand post.
Cameroon belatedly woke from their slumber and twice tested Richard Ofori in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
First, the Black Stars goalkeeper blocked Clinton N’Jie’s fierce drive at his near post and he then produced a stunning save to paw away Christian Bassogog’s drive from 10 yards after a flowing move had carved his defence open.
Ghana started the second half brightly, with Mubarak Wakaso drilling a strike from distance narrowly past Onana’s left-hand upright.
They soon fizzled out, though, with both sides lacking any kind of fluidity in a desperately poor second half.
Kwabena came so close to securing a precious win three minutes from time, picking up Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik’s loose ball on the halfway line and charging forward before thundering an effort against Onana’s crossbar, but, in truth, a winner for either side would have been scarcely deserved.
Mauritania 0-0 Angola
Mauritania recorded their first ever point at the Africa Cup of Nations with a goalless draw with Angola in Group E at Suez.
In their first match of the tournament Mauritania lost 4-1 to Mali, while Angola were held to a 1-1 draw with Tunisia.
The game was evenly contested, with Mauritania recording six shots to Angola’s four, although the latter had the better chances.
In the early stages the two teams exchanged chances, with Djalma coming close for Angola and Jacques Bessan for Mauritania.
In the second half Angola’s Wilson Eduardo came closest to breaking the deadlock with a left-footed effort from close range in the 64th minute and a last-minute header sent wide.
Benin 0-0 Guinea-Bissau
Benin joined Ghana on two points in Africa Cup of Nations Group F after playing out a goalless draw with Guinea-Bissau.
Benin had more of the possession and more shots in a game with few chances to speak of and only one shot on target.
Benin’s Steve Mounie had three chances in the first half, two of which missed the target while one was saved by the goalkeeper.
At the start of the second half, Frederic Mendy’s headed effort went just wide as Guinea-Bissau looked for their first goal of the tournament so far.
In the 57th minute Guinea-Bissau’s Piqueti sent his 35-yard effort wide.
With Benin looking for a winner to move level on points with Cameroon in the group, Mounie had two missed headed chances.
Jorginho came close to putting Guinea-Bissau ahead in the final stages of the game but his left-footed effort went just wide of the goal.
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