Benin hit back to draw with Ghana after bizarre red card

Benin hit back to draw with Ghana after bizarre red card
Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group F - Ghana v Benin - Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt - June 25, 2019 Benin's Sessi D'Almeida in action with Ghana's Andre Ayew and Thomas Partey REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh -
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ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Underdogs Benin hit back to secure a 2-2 draw with 10-man Ghana after the Black Stars had a player sent off for time-wasting in bizarre circumstances at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

Michael Pote gave Benin a shock second-minute lead in the Group F match before goals from brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew put Ghana 2-1 ahead at halftime.

But Ghana were stunned in the 55th minute when defender John Boye, already booked, stepped up to take a free kick inside his own half, moved away to let a team mate take it and was given a second yellow card.

Pote then equalised for Benin with his second of the night in the 64th minute, diverting a low shot into the net after a short corner. Following the opening round of games, Cameroon top the group with three points following their 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau earlier on Tuesday.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)

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