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World Cup 2026Q: Jordan Ayew scores late winner as Ghana beat Mali in Bamako

Jordan Ayew’s 94th minute goal saw Ghana clinch a nail-biting 2-1 victory against Mali in their FIFA World Cup African Qualifiers Group I game played at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako.

The match started with intense energy from both sides. Mali struck first, taking the lead with a goal just before the halftime break. The  first half setback spurred the Black Stars into action in the second half, with Ernest Nuamah equalising with a stunning header in the 58th minute, bringing the score to 1-1.

After parity was restored, the game saw relentless efforts from both teams, with numerous close calls and impressive saves by both goalkeepers.

The tension was palpable as the clock ticked down, and it seemed the match was destined for a draw. However, the Ghana’s perseverance paid off in the final moments of the game.

Substitute Jordan Ayew received a perfectly timed pass from Fatawu Issahaku and, with remarkable composure, managed to fire the ball into the net.

The goal silenced the home fans, who thronged the stadium in their numbers to cheer their team on. Ghana thus secured a 2-1 lead, leaving Mali with no time to mount a comeback.

The victory boosts the national team's confidence as they prepare for their next challenge against the Central African Republic on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

With six points, Ghana is now level on points with Comoros, who will travel away to Madagascar on Friday, June 7.

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