Africa Cup of Nations - Quarter-final
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Afcon 2017: Burkina Faso beat Tunisia to reach semi-finals

Aristide Bance (right) wheels away in delight after scoring the opener
Aristide Bance (right) wheels away in delight after scoring the opener

Burkina Faso scored two late goals to beat Tunisia 2-0 and reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Substitute Aristide Bance scored with a low drive from a free-kick only five minutes after coming off the bench.

Prejuce Nakoulma made sure of the victory on the counter-attack, after Tunisia had thrown everyone forward, rounding the goalkeeper 40 yards out before slotting into an empty net.

The Stallions will face either Morocco or Egypt in the last four on Wednesday.

It is now three wins from their three quarter-finals appearances for Burkina Faso, who last reached this stage in 2013 when they finished as losing finalists.

For the first time they secured a quarter-final win in normal time although until Bance's intervention, which finally broke Tunisia's resistance, it appeared as though extra time was to be required again.

Prejuce Nalkouma sprints past Aymen Mathlouthi before making it 2-0
Prejuce Nalkouma sprints past Aymen Mathlouthi before making it 2-0

The Burkinabe had the clearest chances of the first half, Nakoulma firing over from 12 yards over and Bertrand Traore unlucky with a chip that hit the top of the bar.

Tunisia's best opportunity came from a corner headed on by Taha Yassine Khenissi which Aymen Abdennour could only nod on, Mohamed Ali Yacoubi narrowly missing at the far post.

Both sides looked increasingly nervous after the interval and the match became scrappy with few chances - a couple of goalmouth scrambles in the Tunisia box typified a lack of decisiveness from both sets of players.

Bance came on and changed that when a free-kick was rolled into his path and he struck a precise effort into the corner.

It sparked panic in the Tunisia team ranks despite there being 10 minutes left, they abandoned all defensive discipline as they desperately sought an equaliser.

Their recklessness was punished by Nakoulma who sped away on a break and ran past Aymen Mathlouthi, who had rushed far from his goal, before coolly stroking the ball home.

Tunisia's defeat means they have lost their past five Nations Cup quarter-finals, while Burkina Faso remain in the hunt for a first title.

Line-ups

Burkina Faso

  • 16Koffi
  • 2Yago
  • 14Dayo
  • 4Koné
  • 20CoulibalyBooked at 67mins
  • 18KaboreBooked at 19mins
  • 22Blati TouréBooked at 83minsSubstituted forBouba Saréat 87'minutes
  • 19TraoreSubstituted forTraoreat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Traore
  • 21BayalaSubstituted forBancéat 76'minutes
  • 7NakoulmaBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Sawadogo
  • 3Paro
  • 5Malo
  • 6Bouba Saré
  • 9Diawara
  • 10Traore
  • 12Guira
  • 13Koanda
  • 15Bancé
  • 23Sanou

Tunisia

  • 16Mathlouthi
  • 21Naguez
  • 20Ali YacoubiBooked at 34mins
  • 2S Ben YoussefBooked at 38mins
  • 3AbdennourBooked at 22mins
  • 14Ben Amor
  • 13SassiSubstituted forAkaichiat 86'minutes
  • 10KhazriSubstituted forLahmarat 63'minutes
  • 23Sliti
  • 7Msakni
  • 11KhenissiSubstituted forKhalifaat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jridi
  • 4Boughattas
  • 5Kchouk
  • 6Dhaouadi
  • 8Lahmar
  • 9Akaichi
  • 12Maâloul
  • 15Azouni
  • 17Mathlouthi
  • 18Khalil
  • 19Khalifa
  • 22Ben Cherifia
Referee:
Daniel Bennett

Match Stats

Home TeamBurkina FasoAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Burkina Faso 2, Tunisia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burkina Faso 2, Tunisia 0.

Foul by Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso).

Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso).

Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Burkina Faso. Alain Traoré replaces Bertrand Traoré.

Delay in match Kouakou Herve Koffi (Burkina Faso) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Issoufou Dayo (Burkina Faso).

Saber Khalifa (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Steeve Yago.

Attempt blocked. Saber Khalifa (Tunisia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Naim Sliti.

Substitution

Substitution, Burkina Faso. Bakary Bouba Saré replaces Blati.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Yacouba Coulibaly.

Booking

Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Saber Khalifa replaces Taha Yassine Khenissi.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Ahmed Akaichi replaces Ferjani Sassi.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 2, Tunisia 0. Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blati following a fast break.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Yacouba Coulibaly.

Booking

Blati (Burkina Faso) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Blati (Burkina Faso).

Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré.

Goal!

Goal! Burkina Faso 1, Tunisia 0. Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by Syam Ben Youssef (Tunisia).

Yacouba Coulibaly (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Tunisia).

Abdou Traoré (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Youssef Msakni (Tunisia).

Substitution

Substitution, Burkina Faso. Aristide Bancé replaces Cyrille Bayala.

Foul by Abdou Traoré (Burkina Faso).

Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cyrille Bayala (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bakary Koné.

Offside, Burkina Faso. Cyrille Bayala tries a through ball, but Prejuce Nakoulma is caught offside.

Foul by Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso).

Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Steeve Yago.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso31204225
2Cameroon31203215
3Gabon30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301225-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal32106247
2Tunisia32016516
3Algeria302156-12
4Zimbabwe301248-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo32106337
2Morocco32014226
3Ivory Coast302123-12
4Togo301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt32102027
2Ghana32012116
3Mali302112-12
4Uganda301213-21
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