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Match report: Ghana beaten by Burkina Faso on penalties in Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 6 February 2013 Time: 23:16

In a match marred by poor refereeing it was poetic justice for Burkino Faso, as they beat the Black Stars of Ghana on penalties in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

Burkina Faso made three changes to their starting line-up from the match against Togo, with captain Moumouni Dagano, Issouf Ouattara and Wilfried Sanou dropping to the bench and striker Aristide Bance – who had a stormer of a match – and midfielders Florent Rouamba and Prejuce Nakoulma taking their place.

For Ghana, midfielder Mubarak Wakaso was awarded a start following a good performance against Cape Verde in the quarter-finals.

Penalty shout for Burkina Faso

Shortly after the start Burkina Faso had a penalty shout when Jonathan Pitroipa was pushed over in the area by his Rennes clubmate John Boye, but the referee was not interested.

John Pantsil pulled up mid-stride with what looked like a hamstring injury shortly afterwards, and was replaced by Solomon Asante on 10 minutes.

Ghana take the lead

13 minutes in Ghana took the lead through a penalty, after an innocuous-looking challenge from Mady Panandetiguiri on Christian Atsu. Wakaso converted to give the Black Stars the lead, although the crowd where insistent that Pitroipa’s shout was stronger.

Pitroipa continued to look dangerous for Burkina Faso, almost creating a chance every time he was on the ball, while Wakaso had another chance for Ghana, trying a shot from range that was kept out by the good judgement of Daouda Diakite.

Nakoulma had the best chance of the half for the Burkinabe, hitting wide when he should have forced a save from Ghana keeper Fatau Dauda.

Asante then should have made it 2-0 just before half-time, after some great work by Kwadwo Asamoah on the left, but the Berekum Chelsea man hit over the bar from 10 metres out.

Just after half-time Bance came close with a header, which was palmed away by Dauda, and Asamoah Gyan hit the woodwork with a toe-poke in the area a few minutes later.

Burkino Faso equalise

But Burkino Faso got the equaliser shortly after, taking advantage of a rare chance, with Bance keeping his cool to hit home from 40 metres out.

Shortly after that Bance was in the thick of things once again, sending a free-kick narrowly wide.

Gyan kicked in the groin

Bizarre scenes followed when Gyan sent a header over the bar, and then fell to the ground and was kicked in the groin by Paul Koulibaly, who was lucky to get away with a yellow.

Diakite made a great save as extra time approached, after Atsu ran through and fired a low shot at the keeper, who did well to stop the ball at his left-hand post.

It was Bance who had the first chance in extra time, but after beating two Ghana defenders he sent his shot over the bar.

Burkino Faso goal disallowed

Burkina Faso had a goal disallowed just before half-time of extra time, when Nakoulma tussled with Asamoah before poking the ball past Dauda, but referee Slim Jdidi blew for an infringement and the goal did not stand, much to the consternation of the Burkinabe and their fans, and adopted fans.

Ghana had to thank their lucky stars soon after, when Bance came close twice in succession. First, his shot was sent out for a corner by Dauda. From the set piece his amazing half-volley was incredibly blocked on the line by Harrison Afful.

Pitroipa sent off for Burkina Faso – penalty denied

Pitroipa was then dismissed after a very dubious decision by the referee. The Burkino Faso livewire looked to be fouled in the area for a sure penalty, but the referee adjudged it a dive, and showed Pitroipa a second yellow. He will miss the final.

Ghana then almost gave Ghana the win when his header flashed wide of the post, but the whistle blew shortly after and penalties it was, with the Black Stars to shoot first.

Penalty shoot-out: Isaac Vorsah (missed), Bakary Kone (scored); Christian Atsu (scored), Henri Traore (scored); Harrison Afful (scored), Paul Koulibaly (saved); Emmanuel Clottey (missed), Aristide Bance (scored); Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (saved)

Previous comments on this story...

noshitforsure
posted: 11:18 pm
Ghanaians talk too much and do nothing
tame
posted: 11:18 pm
Burkina deserves the win
mmdshakur
posted: 11:20 pm
The referee tried so hard to help the Black Yansh of Ghana but justice prevail at the end of the day. What a joke the referee was, how can he disallow that clear goal in the extra time and still go ahead to cancel out a clear penalty for the Burkina Faso. African referees are simply nothing but a disgrace to football..
PhineasMoeti
posted: 11:20 pm
Ghana always had refs behind them nd tonight we witnesd that,burkina faso deserved the win
oga
posted: 11:21 pm
The boastful Ghanaians have beaten the dust. Pride before fall, they were happy that Nigeria took ivory coast out of the way, boasting that their greatest hurdle is gone, and that on one will stop them taking the cup to Accra. Now they can't even beat Burkina Faso. Yeye team, upon all the helping hand of the referee they still couldn't play. I prefer bufunny bufunny to the this pedestrian Ghanaians. Congrats to the Burkinabes, a victory well earned. We look forward to a great final on Sunday from two great teams in this tournament so far.
Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 11:21 pm
The referee was skinning BF alive but in the end justice prevailed. What a penalty by Bance Stallions deserved it and Ghana must admit they were lucky to make it to penalties.
TMG 2009
posted: 11:22 pm
Well deserved by BURKINA FASO, the ref tried everything to get them out but they stood thier ground GHANA got wat they deserved with their ref...firstbsoft penalty, deny a clear goal and penalty, worst of them all send the graeatest AFCON revelation out!!! The football gods have spoken...all the pre-tournament favourites are out and yet many clueless ppl here expected our poor bafana bafana to go all the way to the final...
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 11:23 pm
The referee ws officiating ####, He deprived me of da opportunity to watch Pitroipa live at soccer city........nxaa. but congratulations to Burkina faso. I am happy abwt da win for the team dat ws based in my home province......Nigeria u r next, let sunday come.
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 11:23 pm
Karma came back to haunt Ghana. A huge injustice was done Burkina Faso in this match. But, it's sweet how it ended for the Burkinabes. One downside of it all is that they will lose the services of their "poison\" Pitroipa in the finals with Super Eagles. That, will grossly weaken their potency.

In addition, the result of this match is a testament to the fact that their opening group which includes Super Eagles is the deadliest in this tournament contrary to earlier predictions.

But, congrats to them anyways. They fought hard for a deserved victory. Ghana is supremely overrated. period.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
blackmamba700
posted: 11:24 pm
burkina faso should protest to caf about the refs decision.dis northern referees are killing african soccer.is obvious ,what we all saw tonight is hurrible officiating.remember the world is watching africa...shame to caf,
Legosi
posted: 11:25 pm
Well deserved victory,even against de bloody agent said to be ref
fergie
posted: 11:25 pm
Yeaaaaaa, it Nigeria vs Burkina faso in the final of the Nations cup. Group c rematch
mmdshakur
posted: 11:27 pm
Caf should find a way to sort out this messy officiating we keep seeing in this tournament. The referee is not even afraid to show all Africans watching the match live that, He clearly don't want the burkina faso to play in the final. If that ghana's penalty was awarded then what happen to the burkina faso's penalty which should have be awarded.
TMG 2009
posted: 11:27 pm
Pitroipa...Pitroipa...Pitroipa...Pitroipa!!!!!!!!!!!!wat a player!!!!!!
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 11:28 pm
Burkina faso are the real champions not abo double-head messarizer knwn as Mbesuma
fergie
posted: 11:29 pm
Group c had a defending champion, a champion nd a runner up. Group of death made obvious.
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
Natural justice. Ghana was poor. A shame!
Bhaka-dtc
posted: 11:32 pm
Bakari kone,pitroipa n bance...da ref tried al he can 2 giv th game 2 ghana .shapa burkina faso,i hope u cn beat ths tokative nigerians 2
TMG 2009
posted: 11:34 pm
Hehehehehe...i guess is now worried abt who will represent AFRICA at next year's CONFED CUP in BRAZIL since they said the previous winner which is ZAMBIA will not go there and the current winner will represent us!!! I read the article on Supersport.com to this regard that CAF thinks ZAMBIA is not fashionable enough, i wish just out of spite that BURKINA FASO wins and see whether CAF would change their decission...ZAMBIA has been robbed just b'cos CAF wanted GHANA or IVORY COAST to represent AFRICA in BRAZIL...nxa bloody agents led by the useless HAYATOU...
Qseven
posted: 11:34 pm
Who ever thought that Nigeria and Bukina Faso would be in the final because they were regarded as minor team with nothing fascinating to indite home about. its a lesson in life, never despise other people based on what you can see with your naked eye. I put my one million on Bukina Faso to win the tournament.
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