Burkina Faso qualify for the quarter finals stage of the AFCON after a dramatic penalty shootouts against Gabon in their round of 16 in Limbe.
Aston villa’s Bertrand Traore scored the opening goal at the 29th minute to put the stallions in front. Before then, the he had missed a penalty at the 18th minute.
Things became worst for Gabon as the went one down after defender, Sidney Evrard was shown his matching orders, mid way to the second half.
Coach Patrick Raymond produce a different tactics for his side as captain Bruno manga scored a stoppage time equalizer to take the game to extra time.
Extra time couldn’t seperate the two sides as it went to penalty shootouts.
Serge Obiang, Kanga Kaku and Yannice Clarence missed for Gabon as it ended 7-6 to Burkina Faso.
The Course of the Game.
Burkina Faso are making their first knockout appearance in the afcon since 2017 when they reached the last four of the competition. While Gabon will be in their first knockout appearance since 2012 on home soil.
Both teams study each other within the first minutes of the game, but Gabon looks purposeful as they record first corner of the game.
The Gabonese once again on the attack, but Anthony Henri’s who has played a total of 180 minutes saw his cross saved by goalkeeper Kouakou Koffi of Burkina Faso.
Gabon had a chance to score from a freekick, but Guelor Kaku’s shot was well defended by the defenders of Burkina Faso as they got their third corner of the game.
The Burkina Faso side got their first real attack of the game at the 10th minute, when Steve Yago’s cross was saved by the Gabonese goalkeeper.
The game looked on the balance as both side hunt for the game’s opening goal.
Burkina Faso had a the best chance of the game as Issa Kabore was brought down by a Gabonese defender Sidney Evard, which resulted to a penalty at the 17th minute.
Then the Aston Villa midfielder and captain of Burkina Faso stepped up to score his first goal of the tournament, but his penalty hits the cross bar as the scores stays at 0-0.
The Gabonese got their fourth corner of the game, as Kanga Kaku’s cross almost caused damage to the Burkina Faso defense. The header of Lloyd Palun was blocked in the line by the stallions defense.
After missing a penalty at the 18th minute, the Aston Villa finally corrected his mistake as he scores his first goal of the tournament to put the stallions of Burkina Faso in front at the 29th minute.
Gabon looks to get a response from a freekick in a promising position, as Aaron Boupenza search for his second goal, but was saved Kouakou Koffi of Burkina Faso.
The Stallions look to double their lead six minutes before the half time, but Bertrand Traore cross was not appetizing enough for consumption.
Gabon got their equalizer four minutes to half time, when Kanga Kaku found Boupendza, but was ruled out for offside.
The second half looked more favourable for the Stallions, but Traore’s cross was not utilized by Steve Yago in the opening minutes of the half.
Gabon had their own chance at the 47 the minute, but Boupendza couldn’t make use of the pass from Kanga.
A brilliant play from Dango Ouattara and Gustavo Sangare, but the defenders of Gabon looked solid as it resulted to a corner for the Stallions.
The Pantheres had a chance to level scores at the 66th minute, after a defensive blunder from the Burkina Faso defense, but the final shot was blocked by the defense of Burkina Faso.
Burkina looked to double their lead as they launched an attack, but Gabonese defender Sidney Evrard committed a foul which resulted to his matching. The chance for the stallions was however wasted.
Gabon down to 10 men, and a chance for the 2013 finalist to double their lead.
A brilliant individual run from Bertrand Traore in the opponent territory, but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Jean Noel of Gabon at the 80th minute.
Another individual run from star man Traore, who found Dango Ouattarra but couldn’t beat the Gabonese goalkeeper from close range. Then, the follower Gustavo Sangaere saw his shot wasted.
Goalscorer, Bertrand Traore was substituted after he sustained an injury.
With the numerical advantage, the Burkina Faso side had chances to double their lead, but the goalkeeper of Gabon looked more determined to keep his side in the contest.
The Gabonese looked more dangerous in stoppage time as the got their equalizer as captain came from behind to level scores as the game goes to extra time.
The Gabonese looked more dangerous in the first minutes of extra time as Boupendza’s shot went over the cross bar.
The stallions however, had goal through substitute, Urick Eneme but his goal was ruled out for offside.
The second 15 minute saw Burkina Faso coming so close to take the lead as Jean Noel saves Ismahila Ouedroago’s shot from close range.
No real chances created by both sides the game heads to penalties.
At the end of penalty shootouts, it ended 7-6 to Burkina Faso.