Violence halts Cup of Nations semi-final

Play was halted eight minutes from time in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana when missiles were thrown on the pitch.

Disgruntled home supporters had seen their team outplayed by Ghana, who were leading 3-0 through goals from brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew and Mubarak Wakaso.

At one end of the ground, Ghana fans came off the terraces to seek shelter behind one of the goals after objects were hurled at them by rival supporters.

A Ghana Football Association tweet read: “Police helicopter hovers above the pitch with the Ghana fans in real danger. It’s now like a war zone.”

As the delay continued, both sets of players stood in the middle of the pitch, kicking their heels while desperate officials debated whether or not to continue the game.

The winners of the match will face Ivory Coast in Sunday’s final.

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