AFCON: Burkina Faso, Cameroon advance to semi-finals

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Dango Ouattara scored on the stroke of halftime to ensure a 1-0 win for Burkina Faso over Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on Saturday.

Ouattara, 19, held off two defenders to drive the ball home from close range after a breakaway attack in the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.

The striker, who later got sent off, was set on his way by a pass from inside his own half from Blati Toure as the Burkinabe played a clever counter-attacking game to advance to the last four of the tournament in Cameroon.

This is the third time Burkina Faso make it to the semi-finals in the last five editions of the continental championship – next they next take on the winners of Sunday’s quarter-final between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea.

Tunisia had the first chance of the opening half when Wahbi Khazri saw his free kick tipped over the top by Burkinabe goalkeeper Herve Koffi in the 27th minute but the cagey contest suddenly came alive just before the break.

Toure’s long pass was perfectly weighted for Ouattara to run on to but he lost momentum as the defence closed in on him, only to check his run, hold off two defenders and still hammer home his shot.

SourceAljazeera
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