gyan.jpgBy Moses Adeyemi

Christian Atsu remains the architect of today’s goals as he scored a double to book the semi final spot for his country.

Atsu broke the dread lock 4 minutes into the last-eight encounter and struck again in the second half, after Kwesi Appiah had netted just before the break.

Atsu scored thru an unstoppable left-foot effort just after the hour invSunday’s quarter-final tie in Malabo to put the icing on the cake for Avram Grant’s men, who had already seized control of the contest.

Guinea’s qualified through the drawing of lots at the expense of Mali, but their luck ran out as early as the fourth minute when Atsu scored his first from Andre Ayew’s superb assist.

The black stars were two goals to the good on the stroke of half-time as Kwesi Appiah showed his predatory instincts to capitalise on an error from Guinea’s Baissama Sankoh for his first international goal.

The second half produced little in terms of goalmouth action aside from Atsu’s moment of brilliance and Guinea’s misery was compounded in injury time when Naby-Moussa Yattara was sent off for rash challenge on Asamoah Gyan – the goalkeeper having earlier
been lucky to escape a red card.

Ghana now face hosts Equatorial Guinea in the last four ..semi final precisely.

Guinea lacked  confidence after the first half’s late sucker-punch, while Ghana played more like professionals in the second half of the match.