Late goals secure Burkina Faso a place in semi-final

Burkina Faso scored twice in the closing minutes of a dramatic quarter-final clash with Tunisia to secure their place in the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations.

A tense game at Stade de l’Amitié was heading to extra-time until substitute Aristide Bance – who was only on the pitch for five minutes – broke the deadlock with a sweetly-struck free-kick with only nine minutes remaining.

Tunisia threw everyone forward in desperate search of an equaliser but they were caught cold on the counter-attack with Prejuce Nakoulma doubling the advantage to secure victory for the north African side.

It was no more than Paulo Duarte’s side deserved and Les Étalons can now look forward to a semi-final clash with either Morocco or Egypt. Meanwhile, it’s more heartache for Tunisia who have now failed to progress from their last five knockout matches in the tournament.

TALKING POINT

A tale of two substitutes – The two sides were evenly matched when coach Henryk Kasperczak decided to remove star midfielder Wahbi Khazri from proceedings midway through the second-half. The Sunderland man was fuming to be replaced and in the end it proved to be the wrong decision as the Carthage Eagles lost all momentum. In stark contrast, the introduction of Aristide Bance had the exact opposite effect for Burkina Faso as the substitute effectively won the game for his side.

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