Pantsil on a high for Ghana

John Pantsil had an eventful game as he helped Ghana to book their place in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The host nation were always fancied to progress, having won their first two Group A fixtures, and made no mistake with a 2-0 victory against Morocco in Accra this evening. The two goals came from Premier League players Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari. In an entertaining contest, Pantsil got forward with plenty of conviction along the right-hand side but had a scare as the half-hour mark approached.

With Ghana leading 1-0, the West Ham United defender contrived to head Hicham Aboucherouane's ball from the right into his own net - only for the referee to disallow it for an infringement. He also picked up a 19th-minute yellow card for his troubles but, as it was his first of the competition, he will be eligible for Sunday's last-eight encounter - with the opposition to be known tomorrow after Group B's conclusion.

While Pantsil is looking forward, club-mate Henri Camara faces a nervous wait until Senegal's final Group D game on Thursday. Senegal, who saw coach Henryk Kasperczak resign earlier today, need to beat South Africa, hope Tunisia lose to Angola and then that the aggregate goal difference is at least four. Camara's potential early return to London would not matter this weekend as he cannot play against Wigan Athletic, the club who loaned him to West Ham United in August.