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.