Soccer-Burkina Faso edge Gabon to reach Cup of Nations quarter-finals

Burkina Faso held off a gallant rearguard action from 10-man Gabon to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 7-6 victory on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 tie in Limbe on Sunday.


Reuters | Updated: 24-01-2022 00:45 IST | Created: 24-01-2022 00:43 IST
Soccer-Burkina Faso edge Gabon to reach Cup of Nations quarter-finals
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Burkina Faso held off a gallant rearguard action from 10-man Gabon to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 7-6 victory on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 tie in Limbe on Sunday. Ismahila Ouedraogo netted the decisive kick to ensure they are the first side into the last eight after an incident-packed and energy sapping clash.

After Burkina Faso skipper Bertrand Traore scored early, 10-man Gabon took the match into extra time following a dramatic last-minute equaliser. But in the end the Burkinabe held their nerve in a dramatic shootout to advance.

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