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Burkina Faso beat Togo to reach AFCON 2013 semifinals

Posted: 3 February 2013 Time: 23:01

Burkina Faso have reached the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals after a 1-0 win against Togo at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday evening.

After a goalless 90 minutes, the match went into extra-time when Jonathan Pitroipa netted a powerfully header in off the crossbar.

Burkina Faso started well, but Togo should have taken the lead on 18 minutes when Floyd Akite ran onto a cutback from Serge Gakpe, but his effort was weak and straight at goalkeeper Daouda Diakite.

The Stallions created a few half-chances, but nothing to troublesome for Togo number one Kossi Agassa.

The Sparrowhawks came close to taking the lead straight after the restart when Emmanuel Adebayor’s mistimed header from Gapke’s cross made its way to the line, but defender Mady Panandetiguiri tracked back to clear from under the bar.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was at it again 10 minutes from time when he held off Bakary Kone and fired a shot in at Diakite, but the goalie did well to spread himself and thwart the danger.

The Stallions looked the stronger team going into extra time and, after Prejuce Naklouma hit a shot straight at the keeper, the goal finally came on 105 minutes when Pitroipa rose well from a corner-kick to head in off the underside of the bar.

Despite some heavy pressure, Burkina Faso held on for their first semifinal appearance since 1998 – with Ghana the team awaiting them in the last four.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:06 pm
All the big Teams are out. Only Gana and the minows to the semis.
El Sol
posted: 11:11 pm
Oh well I'm just happy that Girrafe coconut (Uglybayor/Adebayor) is packing tonight, now go & tell Villas Boas about where you were playing you average donkey..#boring semis its gon be
posted: 11:23 pm
Burkina faso for GOLD..
Nigeria will grab SILVER..
Ghana take Bronze..
Mali get PLASTIC
posted: 11:41 pm
I strongly believe Ghana will beat Burkina Faso but I would like rematch between Nigeria and Burkina Faso in the final.
posted: 11:49 pm
@ Ramoss,go to hell with your fake prediction.Whatever the outcome,the good thing will be about the beauty of West Africa football.Who ever carry the day,it will be the pride of West Africa football.Where is your South Africa the host?
posted: 12:19 am
@throw, who are minows? Nigeria included? U are laughably not in soccer sense. Nigeria shall surprise u. I bet this cup is nigeria's.
posted: 01:21 am
I am jst glad dat Togo is eliminated, thanks Burkina faso for puting COWS in their place, I ws fed up wit dis Adebayor thing trying to be special by criticising our stadium which hosted da best team in da world n dis dog come to bark at our stadium calling it a Bush. burkina faso played all their games there so far bt never tallked kak abwt dat pitch....... Fortunately cows lyk Adebayor could nt set their ugly feet at Africa's biggest n most beautiful venue - soccer city. Thanks Burkina faso, u made me a happy man. Up the Birds
posted: 02:04 am
Frankly speaking I feared Togo More Than Burkina Faso. as I was watching the match I prayed Burkina should win cos I know Ghana have a better chance against them.
posted: 02:26 am
The state of the pitch was shocking.
posted: 06:32 am
Both teams played very well. I give credit to them. But u knw in football one winner must surely emerge. Burkina Faso welldone.
Magaya: The Double Winner
posted: 08:05 am
Good bye Sheyi Adebayor, good that you packing your bags and headed "home" to England, actually many of us had already had enough of you and your eurocentrism.
Tico MP
posted: 08:33 am

posted: 02:26 am | Report

The state of the pitch was shocking.
hello adebayor II
Tobetsa Khosi
posted: 08:59 am
Honestly Guyz Africa will never ever Win Soccer World Cup, We play thz kind of football i cnt even describe... Running hard around like we mentaly disturbed, lose possesion cheaply, players cnt compose themselvs, cross ball for sake m playing at flank side, kickin/physical each others, compact mxm even when u watchin u can clearly c its not Coach instructions, we jus play
Skhumba Touch
posted: 09:06 am
Ghana vs Mali final, and Ghana will win 2-1
posted: 09:19 am
you are a moron sir, everyone with brains critised that stadium, that is a shame of a stadium to say the least. that pitch is bad and i dont understand why are you insulting Adebayor for stating the obvious. Wena continue celebrating Bafana loss to mali. South Africa played 4 games, drew 2, lost 1 and won 1 and tell me where is the improvement there.
Lady Goldilight
posted: 06:23 pm
Serge Gakpe is a great player. In the whole togo team he's the one who truly did well for me.
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