Ghana took the lead in the 28th minute when Agyemang Badu flicked Andre Ayew’s short corner with his left foot before releasing a right footed thunderbolt that gave Yattara in Guinea’s goal no chance at all.
Guinea however kept their cool and and equalized on the stroke of halftime when Abdoul Razzagui Camara spotted Ghanaian keeper Kwaresey off his line and chipped a curling attempt at pace to beat him at the far post to ensure the two sides went into the break at par.
The second half was as eventful as the first had been with the major highlight being Mamadou Dioulde Bah’s careless tackle on John Pantsil which got him a second booking after having taken a first one early in the game.
In Libreville meanwhile, Mali had to survive a scare from the Zebras of Botswana as they needed to come from behind to register a 2 – 1 victory and seal a meeting with impressive hosts, Gabon in the quarter finals.
Mogakolodi Ngele surprised Mali with an unlikely opener for Botswana in the 51st minute after receiving and wonderfully controlling Moemedi’s cross from the right channel to slot powerfully past Oumar Sissoko in Mali’s goal.
Garra Dembele however grabbed the equalizer five minutes later when he latched on to the rebound after Botswana keeper punched Modibo Maiga’s header and the Eagles from then lpiled pressure on the submissive Zebras who only had pride to play for in the game.
Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita got the winning goal which also delivered qualification in the 74th minute after some sleek passing from the midfield then a resultant give-and-take passing with Cheick Diabate that resulted in a delightful chip into the back of the net.