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Ghana out of Afcon after shock defeat to Comoros

Black Stars of Ghana have crashed out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament after a shocking 3-2 defeat to debutants Comoros on Tuesday evening.

Comoros stunned Ghana with the first goal inside four minutes and then captain Andre Ayew was sent off before halftime.

Black Stars staged an impressive fightback in the second half but with 10 men, Comoros always had the advantage and made it count.

However, Mogni tapped in his second in the 85th minute to inflict Ghana’s first group-stage exit since 2006.

The result in Group C will go down as one of the biggest shocks in Nations Cup history as Comoros scored at the finals for the first time and then went on to record their maiden victory.

Incredibly, the side ranked 132nd in the world now have a chance to reach the knockout stages as one of four best-ranked third-placed sides.

Ghana had put in disjoined displays in their first two games, a 1-0 defeat by Morocco and a niggly 1-1 draw with Gabon, and finish bottom of the group table despite putting in a spirited display following Ayew’s 25th-minute sending off.

Their fans in the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua looked stunned at the full-time whistle, being left to contemplate a rollercoaster second half which ended their bid for a first Nations Cup title since 1982.

Their exit in Cameroon will increase the pressure on coach Milovan Rajevac, who returned for a second spell in charge in September.

The Serb led the Black Stars to the Nations Cup final in 2010 and the World Cup quarter-finals the same year, and guided the West Africans through to Africa’s play-offs for this year’s World Cup.

However, Ghana only won their qualifying group ahead of South Africa on goals scored and are unseeded for the play-off draw – where they will face one of Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria for a place in Qatar.

Comoros, meanwhile, await the final round of matches in the remaining three groups to see if their stunning victory can extend their stay at the tournament.

It is the first time Ghana have failed to progress from the group stage since 2006.

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