Equatorial Guinea v Ghana: Africa Cup of Nations Live Scores

(Sporting Alert) — Ghana will seek to make only their second Africa Cup of Nations final in six tries when they take on Equatorial Guinea in the semi-finals at the Estadio de Malabo on Thursday.

Equatorial Guinea v Ghana: Africa Cup of Nations Live Scores

The Black Stars have made the last five semi-finals, but have only played in the title game once during this run when they finished runner-up in 2010.

Come Thursday, when they and the host nation Equatorial Guinea face-off in a last four for the first time, Ghana will start strong favourites, but have been warned not to take the opponents lightly.

Captain Asamoah Gyan will miss the game for the Black Stars with a hip problem so Jordan Ayew will now play in the attack with Kwesi Appiah, head coach Avram Grant announced.

Equatorial Guinea will not be an easy opponent for Ghana, despite being relatively new to the tournament.

The hosts are in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in just their second appearance — adding to their 2012 quarter-finals run and coach Esteban Becker is delighted with the way things have gone so far.

“We like the challenge, we are hungry to win. We are a young team, a team for the future. We have at least 10 top young players, but we want to take it one step at a time,” Becker said.

“All the same, I’m very happy for a small country like Equatorial Guinea, even though we lined up many young players who are playing their football in the lower leagues in Europe.

“It’s incredible, I’m proud of what we have so far achieved.”

Although he remains optimistic, Becker, believes winning the tournament will be “difficult.”

“It will be difficult to win the Cup of Nations, but I pray to still win it,” added Becker.

Striker Javier Balboa, who scored both goals for Equatorial Guinea in the 2-1 win over Tunisia in their quarter-final, including the 102nd minute winner, will again be the main focus for the host nation.

The winning of this game will meet Ivory Coast in the final after they beat DR Congo 3-1 in their semis on Wednesday.

Ghana Team: Razak Brimah, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew,Kwesi Appiah.

World Cup Final Group Points Standings

(SportingAlert) – Final group standing on Friday at the 2014 FIFA World Cup after the last set of group games that took place on Thursday.

The pairings are now set for the last 16, and while several big names, including defending champions Spain, Italy and England are out of the tournament, there are still lots of top teams, such as the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina and Germany, still left in the competition.

The final Group G  fixtures saw Germany beating the United States 1-0 to top the points standing, while Portugal ended the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ghana.

There was some shake-up in Group H as well, as while Belgium finished the points standings with maximum nine-points from their three games, Russia was knocked out after Fabio Capello side drew 1-1 with Algeria, who went through.

The Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina and Belgium all finished undefeated and with a 100-percent record from the group standings.

*Denotes = top two teams qualified for last 16

Group A – standings
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Brazil* 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
Mexico* 3 2 1 0 4 1 7
Croatia 3 1 0 2 6 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 9 0

Group B – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Netherlands* 3 3 0 0 10 3 9
Chile* 3 2 0 1 5 3 6
Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 0

Group C – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Colombia* 3 3 0 0 9 2 9
Greece* 3 1 1 1 2 4 4
Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 4 5 3
Japan 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

Group D – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Costa Rica* 3 2 1 0 4 1 7
Uruguay* 3 2 0 1 4 4 6
Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 3
England 3 0 1 2 2 4 1

Group E – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
France* 3 2 1 0 8 2 7
Switzerland* 3 2 0 1 7 6 6
Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 0

Group F – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Argentina* 3 3 0 0 6 3 9
Nigeria* 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Iran 3 1 0 2 4 4 3
Bosnia 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

Group G – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Germany* 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
United States* 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 4
Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 1

Group H – final standings

Standings P W D L F A Pts
Belgium* 3 3 0 0 4 1 9
Algeria* 3 1 1 1 6 5 4
Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 2
South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 1

Portugal v Ghana: Watch Live Stream on ESPN3

BRASÍLIA (SportingAlert) — Defender Pepe returns for Portugal in today’s must win World Cup Group G clash with Ghana, as both teams try to win a last 16 spot.

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Pepe missed the 2-2 draw with USA on Sunday after picking up a red card in the opening game against Germany, but is back to lead the backline.

Midfielder William Carvalho also gets a starting place, along with Ruben Amorim and Eder, while Miguel Veloso moves back to play in the back four.

Captain and leading forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit and starts with Nani, who scored against USA also in the front line.

Ghana, in the meantime, are without two of the key players today in a game they must secure a victory to stay in the World Cup.

Midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng are both sent home by Ghana’s football federation for to disciplinary reasons. Muntari was already suspended for today’s match.

Portugal v Ghana

Portugal: Beto, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Ruben Amorim, Nani, Ronaldo, Eder. Subs: Eduardo, Vieirinha, Ricardo Costa, Luis Neto, Rafa, Meireles, Varela

Ghana: Dauda, Afful, Boye, Mensah, Asamoah, Atsu, Rabiu, Agyemang-Badu, Andre Ayew, Waris, Gyan. Subs: Adams, Inkoom, Opare, Essien, Afriyie, Jordan Ayew, Adomah, Sumaila, Wakaso, Kwarasey

Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

ESPN3 Live Streaming and TV Channels: FIFA World Cup on June 26

Cristiano ronaldo at Real Madrid

RECIFE (SportingAlert.com) — FIFA World Cup group action continues on Thursday with four more live games, as the push for knock-out round places heats up in Brazil.

World Cup live TV channels and online streaming coverage continues on Thursday on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app. Streaming and TV Channels also includes beIN Sports, Univision, SBS Two Australia, SuperSport, RTE Player, RTE 2, ESPN Deportes, Univision Deportes USA, ITV 1 UK, TalkSport Radio, The ITV Player, STV Scotland, UTV,  BBC Radio 5 Live, GOL T, Sky Sport 5 NZ, SKY GO, NOS Live Streaming, SportsMax, CVM TV Jamaica, LIV Sports Live Streaming, CBC Sports Live Streaming, Sporza Live Streaming, SKY GO, TIMVision Live Streaming, Sports 24, DIRECTV Argentina, Canal 7 TV Publica.

GROUP PLAYS

In Group G, Germany, United States, Ghana and Portugal are all still in contention of looking last 16 places, while in Group H, Belgium, Russia, Algeria and South Korea will complete their preliminary place.

The action begins at 12:00 pm ET, with Germany and the United States facing off in their final group game in Recife, knowing that a draw will see both countries qualifying from the group. They are both on four points, but Germany have a better goal-difference and will qualifying top of the group with a tie.

Striker triker Jozy Altidore will miss his second successive game again with a hamstring strain, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann could start the game team that drew with Portugal the last time out. Thomas Muller is expected to start for Germany, despite suffering a cut on his face with the 2-2 ties with Ghana.

In the other Group G game, Ghana and Portugal will face off in Brasilia. A win is a must for either team if they are going to stand a chance of progressing. Ghana, who will be without two of its better players after they were suspended by the country’s FA, could qualify to the last 16 if they beat Portugal and Germany defeats the Americans. Portugal could also qualify, but would need to beat Ghana by a big margin and hope that Germany will do the same to the United States.

Action in Group H will see an already qualified Belgium team taking on South Korea. The Belgians will field a strong team as they look to seal top spot in the group. A draw would be enough to see Marc Wilmots’ side taking the top spot in the group.

Over in the other game, Russia and Algeria will do battle with the winner moving on to the World Cup last 16. Algeria will need to win to join Belgium in the knockout stages, but Russia only need a draw to go through, providing that South Korea doesn’t beat Belgium by a three goal margin.

Points Standings and World Cup Results on June 21

(SportingAlert) – The following are the FIFA World Cup results and points standings after the scheduled games on Saturday, 21 June.

Argentina and Nigeria both picked up victories in Group F on the bench, while Germany and Ghana played to a four-goal 2-2 thriller in Group G on the same day.

Barcelona forward and national captain Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Argentina left it late to beat a battling Iran 1-0 and booked their last 16 place from Group F. Argentina goes top of the group standings with six points.

Also on the day, Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in Cuiaba and ended Edin Dzeko and Co. hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stages after suffering back to back defeats.

Group G remains wide open after Germany failed to beat Ghana and need a result in their last game against the USA to secure a last 16 place.

Both Ghana and Germany played out an entertaining 2-2 tie.

World Cup Results on June 21

Group F
Argentina 1 Iran 0
Nigeria 1 Bosnia 0

Group G
Germany 2 Ghana 2

Bold teams qualified for last 16.
Group A
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Brazil 2 1 1 0 3 1 4
Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0 4
Croatia 2 1 0 1 5 3 3
Cameroon 2 0 0 2 0 5 0

Group B
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 8 3 6
Chile 2 2 0 0 5 1 6
Australia 2 0 0 2 3 6 0
Spain 2 0 0 2 1 7 0

Group C
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Colombia 2 2 0 0 5 1 6
Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 3 3 3
Japan 2 0 1 1 1 2 1
Greece 2 0 1 1 0 3 1
*Denotes qualified for last 16

Group D
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Costa Rica 2 2 0 0 4 1 6
Italy 2 1 0 1 2 2 3
Uruguay 2 1 0 1 3 4 3
England 2 0 0 2 2 4 0

Group E
Standings P W D L F A Pts
France 2 2 0 0 8 2 6
Ecuador 2 1 0 1 3 3 3
Switzerland 2 1 0 1 4 6 3
Honduras 2 0 0 2 1 5 0

Group F
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Argentina 2 2 0 0 3 1 6
Nigeria 2 1 1 0 1 0 4
Iran 2 0 1 1 0 1 1
Bosnia 2 0 0 2 1 3 0

Group G
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Germany 2 1 1 0 6 2 4
United States 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Ghana 2 0 1 1 3 4 1
Portugal 1 0 0 1 0 4 0

Group H
Standings P W D L F A Pts
Belgium 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
South Korea 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Russia 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Algeria 1 0 0 1 1 2 0

FIFA World Cup Live Streaming and TV Channels on Day 10

Lionel Messi of Argentina

(SportingAlert) — Live streaming and TV channels for day 10 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil on Saturday 21 June.

Three more games are on the schedule for Saturday including Germany against Ghana in a Group G clash, while Lionel Messi and Argentina will take on Iran in Group F. Nigeria will face Bosnia-Herzegovina also in Group F.

Live streaming online coverage of all the games will be on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN App. Amongst the leading TV channels and other providers carrying live broadcast are ESPN, beIN Sports 1 HD, beIN Sports 2 HD, beIN Sports 11 HD, beIN Sports 13 HD, ITV Player, ITV 1 UK, Univision Deportes En Vivo, Univision USA, STV Scotland, UTV, ARD Live Stream, ARD Das Erste, Zattoo, GTV Sports+, Sports 24, Canal+, SuperSport 3 Africa, TV3 Ghana, SuperSport HD3 Africa, ETV Ghana, DIRECTV Argentina, Canal 7 TV Publica, TyC Sports Argentina, RTE Player, RTE 2, SBS Radio 2, SBS One Australia, SBS Radio 1.

In Group action, the first game of the day come from Estadio Mineirao in Group F where Argentina face Iran, looking to seal a place in the last 16. Kick-off is 12 pm ET (13:00 Local time). Messi led Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in their opening game of the tournament and the Barcelona forward is hoping to do the same again on Saturday.

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is in line to be recalled to the starting line-up at the expense of Maxi Rodriguez, who didn’t have a particularly good game against Bosnia. Fernando Gago could also come in for Hugo Campagnaro.

In another game of interest, Germany, which had a flying start with a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal in their opener, will play a Ghana team desperate to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat the USA in Group G.

Defender Mats Hummels remains doubtful for the contest for Germany as he continues to recover from a thigh injury he suffered against Portugal.

Ghana is set to recall midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who started on the bench against USA.

Ghana must avoid defeat to Germany to keep their hopes of qualifying from the group alive.

The last game on Saturday sees Edin Dzeko and Bosnia-Herzegovina battling with Nigeria, who played to a 0-0 draw in their group opener.

Live Streaming USA v Ghana World Cup Clash on ESPN/ESPN3.com

NATAL, Brazil (Sporting Alert) — The following are the starting lineups for the 2014 World Cup Group G clash between USA and Ghana at Arena das Dunas.

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Jozy Altidore, who scored twice in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in a recent World Cup warmup game leads the attack for the United States, with Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley also starting as well in a team that is unchanged from the last outing.

DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson for the same back for four that faced Nigeria, with Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones, with Tim Howard in goal.

Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and brother Jordan Ayew will lead a very powerful Ghana attack, as the Africans seek a hattrick of wins over the United States tonight.

Kwadwo Asamoah is part of a solid back line as well for the Black Stars, but attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng and the experienced holding midfielder Michael Essien are only on the bench for the start of this clash.

USA and Ghana are in Group G, alongside Germany and Portugal.

Live Score Updates: Ghana v Egypt

(Sporting Alert) — Ghana will take a commanding 6-1 advantage over Egypt into the second leg of their African Fifa World Cup play-off match in Cairo on Tuesday.

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The Black Cats battered Egypt in the first leg to all but secure a third-straight Fifa World Cup appearance, but captain and striker Asamoah Gyan has called on his teammates to remain focus and complete the job.

“We’re desperate to get back to the World Cup, but we have to make sure we do things in the right way in the second leg,” Gyan said, who netted twice in the first leg. “It’s football, so anything can happen.

“We’re in a comfortable position right now, but we need to totally focus on our job and make sure we do what we have to do to reach Brazil. We have to do things the right way in Cairo.”

Meanwhile, the starting lineup for Ghana will see coach Kwesi Appiah making just one change to the team that win in the first leg, with defender Harrison Afful coming in for Samuel Inkoom.

Also starting are Gyan, who will play up top with Majeed Waris, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari.

Ghana Starting XI: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Daniel Opare, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Michael Essien, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Abdul Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah.

Ghana 6 v Egypt 1 FT Score: Brace for Asamoah Gyan

(Sporting Alert) — A brace from Asamoah Gyan guided a powerful Ghana team to a 6-1 hammering of Egypt 3-1 in their 2014 World Cup playoffs first leg tie on Tuesday.

Gyan, opened the scoring early after just five minutes and then netted again nine-minutes into the second half of the contest played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

An own goal by defender Wael Gomaa set Egypt further back, although Mohamed Abo Trika made it 2-1 when he converted from the penalty spot in the 41st minute for Egypt.

Ghana restored their two goal lead when Abdul Waris scored in the 44th minute to give the Black Stars a 3-1 lead at half-time and then hosts took over in the second half.

A Sulley Muntari penalty in the 73rd minute and another goal from Christian Atsu two minutes from time added to Gyan’s second half goal, to sealed the win for Ghana.

Ghana v Egypt

Ghana: Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Michael Essien, Andre Ayew, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Waris.

Egypt: Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Nagieb, Qinawi Ahmad Shedid, Waleed Soliman, Hossam Ghaly, H Ashour, Mohamed El-Nenny, Mohamed Aboutriaka, Mohamed Salah

Referee: Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)

Kagawa scores in Japan 3-1 friendly win over Ghana

(Sporting Alert) — Shinji Kagawa was on target for Japan in their come from behind 3-1 victory over Ghana in a friendly football international game at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Tuesday.

The Manchester United playmaker played for 85-minutes in the game and showed glimpse of what he’s capable of doing playing in the right position.

After Frank Acheampong gave Ghana a 24th minute lead, which they took into the first half break, Kagawa found the equalizer with a solo run before shooting past the keeper with a low shot.

Yasuhito Endo then squeezed a second goal past Razak in the Ghana goal, before Keisuke Honda, who missed several chances early in the game, headed home Japan’s third for the comfortable victory.

Japan v Ghana

Japan team: Kawashima, Konno, Nagatomo, Uchida, Yoshida, Endo, Hasebe, Honda, Kiyotake, Kagawa, Kakitani
Subs: Nishikawa, Sakai, Morishige, Yamaguchi, Saito, Kudo, Inoha, Osako, Makino, Gonda

Ghana team: Razak, Inkoom, Boye, Sumaila, Afful, Boateng, Adomah, Chibsah, Atsu, Acheampong, Majeed
Subs: Dauda, Opare, Rabiu, Asante, Otoo, Mensah

Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)

Shinji Kagawa starts for Japan v Ghana: Live Score Updates

(Sporting Alert) — Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa starts for Japan in today’s friendly football international game against Ghana.

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Kagawa has not been active so far Manchester United, but starts in back-to-back games for Japan, who have already booked their spot to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Also start are Keisuke Honda, Yasuhito Endo, Makoto Hasebe, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Yuto Nagatomo and Eiji Kawashima, who starts in goal.

Albert Adomah, Christian Atsu, Yussif Chibsah, Frank Acheampong and Abdul Waris are all among the starters today for Ghana.

Japan v Ghana Starting Teams

Japan team: Kawashima, Konno, Nagatomo, Uchida, Yoshida, Endo, Hasebe, Honda, Kiyotake, Kagawa, Kakitani

Subs: Nishikawa, Sakai, Morishige, Yamaguchi, Saito, Kudo, Inoha, Osako, Makino, Gonda

Ghana team: Razak, Inkoom, Boye, Sumaila, Afful, Boateng, Adomah, Chibsah, Atsu, Acheampong, Majeed

Subs: Dauda, Opare, Rabiu, Asante, Otoo, Mensah

Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)

Watch Ghana v Mali Live on ESPN3.com – 3rd Place

(Sporting Alert) — Ghana and Mali would rather be playing in the championship game on Sunday, but both nations will also be taking their Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off game seriously.

Streaming Coverage: Watch Ghana v Mali Live on ESPN3.com
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth
Date: Saturday 9 February
Kick-off: 18:00 GMT
Coverage: Live TV coverage on Eurosport and ITV

Both teams qualified from Group B, with Ghana winning the zone and will now meet for the fourth time in the last two tournaments.

Ghana were beaten on penalty kicks by Burkina Faso in their semi-finals, while Mali were hammered 4-1 by Nigeria, with Uwa Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa all hitting the net.

They were both disappointed at not making the Africa Cup of Nations final, but have already moved past that stage and are now looking forward to Saturday’s game.

Mali has had a dream run in the tournament and coach Patrice Carteron said: “It’s an important game for us because it’s really hard to finish in third place.

“Most of the big nations – Ivory Coast, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia – didn’t [manage] it.

“So we have to appreciate having been in the semi-final, and we have to focus on this game against Ghana.

“Of course the players were disappointed but now they have to be realistic and realise it’s a good thing to play this game and try to become the third place [team] for the second year [running].”

Meanwhile, Ghana experienced defender John Pantsil, who is doubtful for the contest, is looking to leave South Africa with a medal.

“Third place is equally good, that’s the medal zone,” said Pantsil.

“Playing against Mali and getting that medal I think will be very, very good for the team.

“[It will] also boost the young players and get them on their feet for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

“We are here to compete and we want to be in the medals, so we have to go all out and play well and get a win to prove we are a good side.”