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Ghana vs. Cape Verde: Final score 2-0, Black Stars hold on in chippy game

While they weren't pretty, the Black Stars were effective on Saturday and have advanced past Cape Verde into the semifinal of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Ghana are through to their fourth consecutive semifinal in the Africa Cup of Nations, and they'll be big favorites to progress to their second final in three tournaments no matter the result in Saturday's late game. They still don't look like a fantastic side and lacked some bite in attack, but held on for a fairly comfortable 2-0 win over Cape Verde.

The first half was a terribly dull affair that featured a lot of physical play and both teams feeling each other out, reluctant to commit too many numbers forward. Ghana were a bit more aggressive to start the second half, and won a penalty in the 53rd minute. Carlitos took down Asamoah Gyan in the box, denying a clear goal-scoring chance, and was lucky to only see a yellow card. Substitute Wakaso Mubarak stepped up and converted the spot kick with a shot into the roof, right down the center.

Cape Verde started to pile on the pressure around 10 minutes from full time, creating a number of set piece chances and forcing Fatawu Dauda into a couple of tough saves, but they were unable to find an equalizer to force extra time. While pushing forward with everyone, including their goalkeeper, Cape Verde conceded an empty net tap-in to Mubarak to seal the win for Ghana.