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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italy Eliminated In 'Foul' Contest

MIAMI -- Soccer power Italy was eliminated from medal contention Tuesday by Ghana, which swept to a 3-2 victory.


In a hot-tempered, foul-filled game against Italy, Christian Sabah scored twice for 1992 bronze medalist Ghana, blasting in shots from 23 and 20 meters.


The game was marred by 11 yellow cards, including six for Ghana. The referee had to separate the teams after an intense exchange in the 34th minute.


But it was Augustine Arhinful's 63rd-minute penalty that turned the game around.


Italian defender Fabio Galante was given a red card for wrapping his left arm around Arhinful and pulling the Ghanaian forward down in front of the goal.


Arhinful converted the penalty by lofting the ball into the upper right-hand corner of the net to tie the score at 2-2, and Italy was forced to play the rest of the match with 10 men.


Ten minutes later, the man advantage helped Sabah find enough space for the winning goal.