Ft: Mali 3 Ghana 1

And that proves to be the last piece of action for the match as Mali take home the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medal! It's been a thrilling tie here in PE, and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

That should be that for Mali, Sigamary Diarra breaking on the counter attack before taking advantage of an awkward bounce to drill his shot low past the goalkeeper.

GOAL! Mali 3-1 Ghana! Sigamary Diarra!

A corner in the dying moments for Ghana now, and after a loose ball in the area leaves Mali hearts in throats, the Eagles can eventually clear their lines, while the goalkeeper hangs on to a return ball in the area.

Solomon Asante picks up a yellow card now for simulation on the edge of the Mali area.

We're into injury time now, of which we will have four minutes. Remember, if Ghana do find an equaliser, there will be no extra-time, just straight to penalties.

A break in play now as couple of players need attention, although it's the Mali men who are down on the ground as they look to run down the clock.

I have no idea what the goalkeeper is doing here, and Ghana have just given themselves every reason to fight. Kwadwo Asamoah lets fly from a good 25-yards out, and although the shot is swerving, Soumaila Diakite almost appears to pull himself out of the way of the ball to allow the forward's effort to nestle in the back of the net.

GOAL! Mali 2-1 Ghana! Kwadwo Asamoah!

Mali almost with a third now as Fousseni Diawara picks up the ball in the opposition area before lining up to shoot, but he's robbed of possession at the vital moment and the ball is cleared.

A change for Mali now, opening goalscorer Mahamadou Samassa making way for Sigamary Diarra.

There just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining here in PE, and if Ghana can nip one back in the next couple of minutes we'll be in for a real barnstorming finish.

Final through of the dice now as the ineffective Asamoah Gyan exits stage-left, Emmanuel Clottey the man to come on in his place.

The rain hasn't been coming down too hard, although it's been very consistent and the conditions are getting very slippery out there as a number of players lose their footing on the turf.

A second change of the night for Ghana, with Christian Atsu making way for Albert Adomah.

Here they come again now with a free-kick some 20-yards out, and Asamoah Gyan's well-hit effort brings a decent save out of Soumaila Diakite.

Ghana continue to press with real purpose, although they might be trying to get up field too quickly and are yet to put together any really threatening move.

The referee adjudges Adama Coulibaly to have handled in the area, but the match official has got that one wrong as the defender clearly had both arms behind his own back. He points to the spot regardless, and Mubarak Wakaso steps up for the chance to halve the deficit, as well as take the out-right lead in the Golden Boot race, but his spot-kick really is awful and he blazes miles over.

Penalty missed by Mubarak Wakaso!

Penalty to Ghana!

Ghana look to threaten from a corner now, but Isaac Vorsah can't get the proper connection on his header and the ball flicks out for a goal-kick.

Another chance for Ghana now as they win a free-kick out wide, but the delivery doesn't clear the first man and the danger is headed clear.

Christian Atsu tries to get Ghana back into this with a long-range drive, but he can't keep his shot down and blazes well over.

Just three minutes after the restart and Mali have their second. It's Adama Coulibaly who does all of the hard work, bursting into the area while holding off his man to square the ball across the face of goal, and Seydou Keita comes storming in to slot home into the bottom corner of the net.

GOAL! Mali 2-0 Ghana! Seydou Keita!

A booking just moments after the restart now as Adama Tamboura sees yellow for a lunging challenge on Solomon Asante.

And we're back up and running for the second -half! One change at the break to tell you about, with Jonathan Mensah coming on for John Boye.

The referee brings the first-half to a close, with Mali leading 1-0. Still everything to play for in the second-half, so join me after the break to find out how this one ends.

Mali again threaten with a flick-on in the final third, this time through to Seydou Keita, but his first-time hit fizzes just wide of the post with the keeper well beaten.

So close to a second for Mali now, but it's the woodwork to the rescue for Ghana as Mahamadou Samassa beats the keeper to a flick-on to clip his shot goalwards, but the spin on the ball takes it into the post and out for a goal-kick.

Cheick Diabate gets the slightest sight of goal following some decent build-up play from Mali, but his shot is quickly closed down and rifles high into the air.

There's around seven minutes remaining in this half, and Ghana win themselves a corner, but the danger is easily dealt with by the defenders, and Mali can comfortably clear their lines.

Mali have the chance to get the ball into the area with a free-kick, but Seydou Keita's floated delivery isn't a threatening one and the goalkeeper eventually plucks the ball out of the air.

Mubarak Wakaso stings the hands of the goalkeeper with a rasping drive after the ball had fallen kindly for the forward on the edge of the area.

Mohammed Awal, a Ghanaian centre-back, finds himself on the end of a through-ball into the opposition area, but his lack of a striker's instincts are evident as he allows the defence to just get a vital toe in.

The rain continues to pour down in Port Elizabeth, which comes in stark contrast to the sweltering day enjoyed by those in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Kalilou Traore is now lucky to escape a booking himself as he quite intentionally clips the heels of Christian Atsu after the Ghana man had all-too-easily skip around the Mali man.

Mubarak Wakaso is the first player to go into the referee's book, and he can't have any complaints as he came sliding right through the back of Kalilou Traore.

It's against the run of play, but Mali have the lead! Adama Tamboura's delivers a telling ball into the area and, with all the defenders focusing on Diakite, Mahamadou Samassa nips in unnoticed to send the ball home via a stunning diving header.

GOAL! Mali 1-0 Ghana! Mahamadou Samassa!

Mali look happy to play the ball around in midfield, but they need to be more careful with it as they've needlessly given away possession on several occasions now, and the way the Ghanaians are attacking they can ill-afford to gift them the ball.

Golden chance for Ghana to take the lead as Solomon Asante does brilliantly at the by-line to get past his man before cutting into the area and setting up Christian Atsu, but his shot is straight at the goalkeeper who does well to hold on.

Mahamadou Samassa gets in Mali's first shot of the evening, and it's not a bad effort but the goalkeeper is down quickly and makes a decent save.

Mali's first attack of the game is a lumped ball from the back for Cheick Diabate to chase, but there's far too much pace on the ball which runs through to the keeper.

Adama Coulibaly gifts Asamoah Gyan a shooting opportunity after clearing straight at the Ghana striker, but he can't get enough dip on his volley and the goalkeeper can watch that sail over.

First attack of the game comes from Ghana as they break down the wing before rolling the ball across the area, but Mubarak Wakaso just can't stretch enough to control, while the lay-off is quickly closed down by the defence.

The referee gets this 2013 Africa Cup of Nations bronze-medal match up and running!

We're less than 10 minutes away from the kick-off now as the two sets of players make their way out onto the field, and although the stadium may not exactly be packed to capacity, the fans that have made their way out here are in fine voice.

Ghana: Dauda, Pantsil, Boye, Vorsah, Afful, Boateng, Atsu, Asante, Asamoah, Wakaso, Gyan

Mali: Mamadou Samassa, Tamboura, N'Diaye, Wague, Diawara, Traore, Maiga, Keita, Sissoko, Traore, Mahamadou Samassa

As promised, the starting XIs...

We'll take a look at the team sheets shortly, but first here's your chance to get involved by emailing your thoughts or predictions to ryan.gordon@teamtalkmedia.com.

There might not be a title awaiting the winner of this one, but why not make it more interesting for yourself by visiting our friends at Sky Bet, who have Mali at 5/2 to repeat their 2012 bronze medal-winning performance, while Ghana are the favourites to exact their revenge at 11/10.

That means tonight's tie will mark the fourth AFCON meeting between the two sides in two years, having been paired in Group B in South Africa where Ghana began the tournament with a 1-0 win over the Eagles.

Last year, in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, it was the Eagles that secured a third-placed finish after seeing off Kwesi Appiah's men 2-0, an exact reverse of the same fixture in that year's Group B.

You might be forgiven for thinking there's little riding on tonight's game, but when it comes to Africa's biggest tournament there surely is no such thing as a "Losers' Final", and you can bet your bottom dollar both sides will be going all-out for the win.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to live coverage of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations third-and-fourth-place play-off! I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action as Mali take on Ghana at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Kick-off is at 20:00 (18:00 GMT).


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