Burundi beat Mauritania
Posted: 18 January 2014 Time: 22:04
Burundi beat Mauritania 3-2 in a Group D African Nations Championship encounter at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night with Selemani Ndikumana getting the winner in the 93rd minute.
The Burundi goals were scored by Fiston Razak Abdul, Christophe Nduwarugira and Ndikumana while Ely Cheikh Voulany and Mohamed Taghiyoullah Denna scored for Mauritania.
The result sees Burundi go to the top of Group D on four points, the same amount of points as Gabon but above them due to goal difference. For Mauritania, the loss spells the end of their competition as they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.
It was a blistering start to the game which saw Mauritania open the scoring in the second minute of the match as Voulany made the most of a poor defensive error.
Voulany robbed a defender of the ball on the left flank before driving into the 18-yard box and firing the ball past the keeper from an angle 16-yards out, 1-0.
Mauritania continued to control matters after that, but were caught napping at the other end of the park as Burundi equalised ten minutes later against the run of play.
Fiston lost his markers inside the box and rose highest to powerful head home a left wing cross to level matters, 1-1.
Burundi were gifted a great chance to take the lead in the 24th minute when the referee awarded them a penalty after Claude Ndarusanze was brought down inside the box.
Ndikumana stepped up to take the spot-kick, but saw his timid effort easily saved by the goalkeeper.
Burundi had the next effort on goal in the 33rd minute as Mohamed Taghiyoullah Denna unleashed a thunderbolt from 30-yards out, but his effort went inches wide.
Three minutes later and it was the turn of El Hacen El Id to try his luck from long range, but his effort also sailed wide of goal.
The half ended 1-1.
The start of the second 45 was a little sloppy as both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball and create any decent chances on goal.
In the 61st minute Nduwarugira fired Burundi in front with a powerful strike from the edge of the box that found the bottom right corner of the net, 2-1.
Mauritania hit back nine minutes later as Denna got on the end of a ball into the box to head his side level from six-yards out, 2-2.
Both teams threw men forward in attack in the final 15 minutes of the match, and just as it looked to be ending in a stalemate Ndikumana fired Burundi to victory.
With virtually the last kick of the game, Ndikumana scored one of the goals of the tournament as he drove a 35-yard thunderbolt into the top right hand corner for the 3-2 victory.