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Andre Ayew starts as Ghana and Mali draw in Paris

Olympique de Marseille playmaker Andre Ayew played for over an hour as Ghana and Mali drew in Paris.

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The Black Stars were looking to return to winning ways having been defeated by Senegal last week. Avram Grant rang the changes, and gave opportunities to a number of players who had previously been peripheral members of the squad.

The fringe players—bolstered by some regulars—impressed during the first period without truly menacing the Malians.

They opened the scoring on 52 minutes, however, when Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu fired home after some excellent work from Atalanta forward Richmond Boakye.

Ghana couldn’t hold onto their lead, however, and Wolves winger Bakary Sako levelled the friendly from the spot on 71 minutes.

OM playmaker Ayew played 66 minutes for the Black Stars before being replaced by Celtic midfielder Wakaso Mubarak.

Another Ligue 1 player, Andre’s brother Jordan, entered in the final 10 minutes, but didn’t have enough time to truly make an impact.

For Mali, several French-based performers were involved.

FC Metz’s on-loan West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga played the full 90 minutes, while SC Bastia’s Drissa Diakite, Abdou Traore of Bordeaux and Adama Traore of Lille all featured.

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