Afcon 2017: Burkina Faso Stage Late Surge to Oust Tunisia

Aristide Bance runs to the corner flag to celebrate his goal with teammates

Burkina Faso became the first team to book a semi final spot in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations following a 2-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday night.

Aristide Vance and Prejuce Nakoulma both struck in the last ten minutes to send the unfancied Stallions to the last four.

The match was destined for another 30 minutes of extra time before Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte introduced gangly striker Aristides Bance for Cryille Bayala with only 14 minutes to time.

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Four minutes later, buy information pills Ben Youssef was wrongly judged to have handled the ball outside the box and freekick awarded. Bance fired in below the wall after Bertrand Traore had rolled the ball on his way.

Tunisia narrowly survived a minute later when Bance’s shot from Bertrand Traore’s pass hit the post. Efforts to convert the resultant rebound were closed down by the Tunisians who later launched an assault in the opposite box.

The attack turned costly for the Carthage Eagles. Ibrahim Traore collected a clearance just outside the Burkinabe box and crossed to Nakoulma who crossed the centre line on the break before rounding Tunisia’s keeper who was in an unfamiliar territory. The striker raced and tapped the ball on an empty net.

Burkina Faso will await the result in the match between Egypt and Morocco to know their semifinal opponents.

Burkina Faso: Herve Koffi Kouakou, salve Steeve Yago, this Bakary Kone, Prejuce Nakoulma, Abdou Razack Traore, Issoufou Dayo, Charles Kabore, Yacouba Coulibaly. Ibrahim Blati Toure (87′ Bakary Sare), Cyrille Bayala (76′ Aristide Bance), Bertrand Traore (86′ Alain Traore)

Tunisia: Aymen Mathlouthi, Siam Ben Youssef, Aymen Abdennour, Yousesf Msakni, Wahbi Khazri (63′ Hamza Lahmar), Taha Yassine Khenissi (86′ Saber Khalifa), Ferjani Sassi (86′ Ahmed Akaichi), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Mohamed Ali Yacoubi, Hamdi Nagguez,  Naim Sliti.


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