Burkina Faso beat Ethiopia 4-0 at AFCON 2013
Posted: 25 January 2013 Time: 22:14
Alain Traore scored twice as 10-man Burkina Faso beat Ethiopia 4-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations encounter at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.
Djakaridja Kone and Jonathan Pitroipa scored the other goals as the Stallions took control of Group C, despite the sending off of goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama in the second half.
However, it was Ethiopia who started brightest and they should have scored first when Shemeles Bekele found himself clean through but, despite beating the goalkeeper, his shot only deflected off the upright.
Burkina Faso had a goal disallowed on 21 minutes when Wilfried Sanou buried the ball after the goalie could not hold onto a strong shot, but he was flagged offside.
Thirteen minutes later though, they did score Traore, who ran onto Charles Kabore’s lob pass before firing past the goalie.
However, the Stallions suffered a major setback on the hour-mark when Soulama handled the ball outside the box and was rightfully sent off.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Burkina Faso scored next on 74 minutes when Traore fired in a 30-yard rocket which left the goalie with no chance.
Kone added a third with 10 minutes to go – Traore the architect this time – before Pitroipa put the icing on the cake in injury time to secure the Stallions’ first victory at the Nations Cup in 15 years.
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