Friday, 25 January 2013

Traore helps Burkina Faso extend unbeaten run in AFCON

Alain Traore equalized in the last minute of stoppage time to help Burkina Faso snatch a point against Nigeria. 

It was a major disappointment for Nigeria, as they had dominated the game a red card to Efe Ambrose in the 74th minute let them down. 

After the opening goal by Emmanuel Emenike in the 23rd-minute, Nigeria wasted a lot of chances to increase their lead. 

The result extended Burkina Faso's winless run in the African Nations Cup to 18 matches, you could hardly tell by the way they celebrated the final whistle. 

Nigeria dominated the first half, with almost one-way traffic towards Abdoulaye Soulama's goal. 

Brown Ideye wanted a penalty early on after a fine long ball from Jon Obi Mikel found him in the area and he tumbled under the challenge of Bakary Kone, although there was a fairly obvious use of the hand by Ideye as he controlled the ball and the referee waved play on. 

Ideye then blazed over from Ahmed Musa's cross before the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute. 

A long ball over the top was brilliantly flicked on by Ideye and Emenike got his toe to the ball first under pressure from two defenders. 

Burkina Faso were barely registering as an attacking force, but almost had a penalty just after the half-hour mark when Elderson Echiejile handled, but the referee ruled it just outside and they bungled the free-kick. 

They were much improved in the second half and Moumouni Dagano should have levelled in the 49th minute, but totally mistimed his header from Florent Rouamba's cross as the ball rolled off his shoulder. 

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