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2013 AFCON Third-Place Play-Off

Result: Mali 3-1 Ghana

Date: 9 February 2013

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Mali claimed third place at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after an impressive 3-1 win over Ghana in the third-place play-off on Saturday night.

Kalilou Traore hit an early shot just wide of the target eight minutes in as Mali showed their intentions from the start but Christian Atsu would have to be denied at the other end moments later.

Mali would then take the lead in the 21st minute when Adama Tamboura went on a surging run down the flank before floating in a perfect cross which Mamdou Samassa buried with a diving header.

Kwadwo Asamoah fluffed a volley two minutes later before the midfielder drilled another chance wide a minute later.

Soumaila Diakite would have to pull off a good save to deny Mubarak Wakaso as the Black Stars turned up the pressure late in the half.

Mali were dangerous on the break and Samassa almost made it 2-0 when he latched onto a long ball forward but his effort trickled off the post and wide.

Seydou Keita had the last chance of the half but he rifled his effort wide as Mali went into the break with the lead.

Jonathan Mensah sent a header just wide as Ghana looked for an early response after the break but Mali would strike just a minute later as Keita tapped the ball over the line from close range after a swift counter.

Atsu fired high and wide at the other end after good work from Asamoah Gyan but the Black Stars would get a great chance in the 57th minute when Coulibaly was adjudged to have handled in the area.

Wakaso, who has been cool from the spot throughout the tournament, was unable to continue that trend and blazed over the crossbar.

Gyan couldn't touch a free-kick on target in the 65th minute while Dauda had to tip a free-kick from Keita over two minutes later.

Diakite was looking extremely shaky in the final 20 minutes of the game and almost gifted a goal to Gyan when he fumbled a simple cross into the area.

The stopper then failed to deal with a long-range strike from Asamoah in the 82nd minute as the ball hit his hand and spun in.

Substitute Emmanuel Clottey was lucky to stay on the field after he seemed to elbow Diawara with two minutes to go.

Ghana were pouring forward in search of a late equaliser but Mali would secure bronze three minutes into stoppage time when the Ghana defence allowed the ball to drop for Cheick Diarra who buried a terrific half-volley.

Ghana: Fatau Dauda, Richard Kissi Boateng, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye, Harrison Afful, Mohammed Awal, Solomon Asante, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, Asamoah Gyan.

Mali: Soumbeyla Diakite, Fousseiny Diawara, Adama Coulibaly, Ousmane Coulibaly, Salif Coulibaly, Adama Tamboura, Kalilou Traore, Seydou Keita, Mahamane Traore, Cheick Tidiane Diabate, Mahamadou Samassa.

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