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Ghana failed to open their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Benin in Ismailia on Tuesday evening. Mickael Pote gave Benin a shock lead after two minutes but Black Stars captain Andre Ayew restored parity. His younger brother Jordan fired Ghana ahead, but Pote earned the Squirrels a point after John Boye was dismissed for a second yellow card. Here are Joy Sports player ratings: Richard Ofori – 4.5 He could have prevented the second goal and didn’t seem to have control of his defence. Andy Yiadom – 5.5 Looked very energetic on the right flank and offered width in attack but has to improve defensively. Lumor Agbeyenu – 4.5 Struggled to keep up with Pote throughout the first half and was at fault for the first goal. John Boye – 1 An unnecessary first yellow card. An even more unnecessary second yellow card. He cost Ghana the game. Kasim Nuhu – 5.5 Looked out of sorts parts of the game but he provided the assist for Jordan’s goal. Mubarak Wakaso 5.5 A lot of misplaced forward passes from the Alaves man. However, he put in a shift and made more recoveries in the second half. Thomas Partey – 5.5 Kept it simple and got more involved in the second half but a lot more is expected from him. Thomas Agyepong – 3 Made a couple of driving runs early in the game but was forced off early due to injury. Christian Atsu – 3.5 For a player of his calibre, he was expected to demand the ball more often and influence the game more. Unfortunately, not his best day. Andre Ayew (c) – 6.5 Had a fantastic first half as he kept on finding spaces between the midfield and defence of Benin. In the second, the captain put in a shift and helped defensively. Jordan Ayew - 7 Man of the match for Ghana. Worked hard for the first goal and scored a beautiful second goal for Ghana. He won a lot of free-kicks and slowed the game down for Ghana in the second half after going a man down. Samuel Owusu – 2 The worst possible competitive debut for the winger but it was due to unfortunate circumstances as he only played for 24 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Jonathan Mensah - 3 Calmed down the defence after his introduction but he almost gave away a goal in the dying minutes as he left Mounie unmarked. Afriyie Acquah – N/A Source:Soccer bet.com
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