Dango Ouattara scored on the stroke of halftime to guarantee a 1-0 win for Burkina Faso over Tunisia in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-last at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on Saturday.
Ouattara, 19, held off two protectors to drive the ball home from short proximity after a breakaway assault in the third moment of stoppage time toward the finish of the primary half.The striker, who later got shipped off, was set on his way by a pass from inside his own half from Blati Toure as the Burkinabe played a smart counter-assaulting game to progress to the last four of the competition in Cameroon.
This is the third time Burkina Faso come to the semi-finals in the last five versions of the mainland title – next they next assume the champs of Sunday’s quarter-last among Senegal and Equatorial Guinea.
Tunisia had the main opportunity of the initial half when Wahbi Khazri saw his free kick tipped over the top by Burkinabe goalkeeper Herve Koffi in the 27th moment yet the cagey challenge abruptly woke up not long before the break.
Toure’s long pass was flawlessly weighted for Ouattara to run on to yet he lost force as the protection surrounded him, just to check his run, hold off two safeguards and still mallet home his shot.But Ouattara will miss the semi-last after difficult where he got Tunisia substitute Ali Maaloul in the face with his elbow in the 82nd moment.
Prior, has Cameroon progressed to the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over the Gambia.
Toko Ekambi headed in from a cross in the 50th moment and side-footed into the highest point of the net from one more cross in the 57th to see the Indomitable Lions into the last four after the competition’s first quarterfinal.
French-conceived Toko Ekambi currently has five objectives at the competition, one behind Cameroon chief Vincent Aboubakar.
Cameroon will play the victor of the Egypt versus Morocco quarterfinal, planned to be played on Sunday.