Port Gentil - Ghana head coach Avram Grant has expressed his displeasure on the manner his side lost their final Group D clash to eventual group winners Egypt on Wednesday.
A solitary strike from Mohamed Salah secured a 1-0 win for the Pharaohs over the Black Stars in a Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) encounter at the Stade de Port-Gentil.
Grant believes that the West African giants lost the game by conceding a set-piece in a dangerous area.
However, the 55-year-old tactician praised his side for their second-half showing despite their failure to level matters.
"It's so sad because one mistake you commit can decide the game," Grant told reporters in a post-match press conference.
"And we made a mistake by conceding that free-kick and they scored and won.
"It was a fantastic free-kick and worthy to win any match but in the second-half we did much better though we unfortunately failed to score.
"We showed great team spirit and unity despite resting some key players. But overall it was a good game of football."
Ghana will face the Democratic Republic of Congo in the quarter-final of the continental showpiece at the Stade de d’Oyem on Sunday.
While Egypt will square-off for a semi-final berth against Morocco on Sunday.