Burkina
Faso struck a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in their Group
C Africa Cup of Nations clash at the Mbombela Stadium on Monday night.
Emmanuel
Emenike opened the scoring midway through the first half but substitute Alain
Traore netted the equaliser deep into injury time after the Nigerians had been
reduced to ten men.
The
Super Eagles should have taken the lead in the 12th minute as Ahmed Musa
squared the ball to find Brown Ideye inside the penalty area but directed his
shot over the bar from close range.
Three
minutes later Emenike delivered a teasing cross from the right towards the far
post but Ideye headed wide when he could’ve left the ball for Elderson
Echiejile who was lurking behind him.
Then
in the 17th minute Burkina Faso were almost gifted a goal as Joseph Yobo lost
possession to Jonathan Pitroipa, but in the end Wilfried Dah could only fire
against the side netting.
The
deadlock was eventually broken six minutes later as Emenike sneaked ahead of
two defenders to nudge the ball past the advancing goalkeeper following a neat
flick from Ideye.
Burkina
Faso threatened to equalise in the 32nd minute as a freekick was played into
the box but Djakaridja Kone and Aristide Bance got in each other’s way as they
looked to pull the trigger.
Then
three minutes into the second half Moumoni Dagano should have leveled matters
when he was picked out by a good cross from Jonathan Pitroipa, but he failed to
connect with his head and the ball deflected off his shoulder.
The
Burkina Faso striker did manage to hit the target in the 63rd minute, only to
be denied by a decent save from Victor Enyeama, who went down quickly to tip
his shot wide of the post.
Two
minutes later substitute Ikechukwu Uche squandered a great chance to extend
Nigeria’s lead as he sliced his shot wide after controlling the ball well
inside the area.
Then
in the 74th minute the Super Eagles were reduced to ten men as Efe Ambrose was
given his marching orders following his second bookable offence.
Six
minutes later Uche had yet another opportunity to secure maximum points with a
second goal when he was put through by Mikel Obi, but this time he blasted his
shot over the crossbar from close range.
Nigeria
were punished in the dying moments of the match as Pitroipa cut the ball back
for Alain Traore to side-foot home from the centre of the box to claim a
valuable point for the Stallions.
Nigeria
(1) 1 (Musa 23’)
Burkina
Faso (0) 1 (A. Traore 90 + 4’)
Teams:
Nigeria:
Enyeama, Echiejile, Yobo, Oboabona, Ambrose, Ogude (Onazi 70’), Mikel, Igiebor,
Emenike (Uche 58’), Ideye (Omeruo 78’), Musa
Burkina
Faso: Soulama, Koffi, Kone, Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri, Kone, Pitroipa, Rouamba
(Razack 82’), Dah (Sanou 46’), Bance (A. Traore 65’), Dagano
Culled from www.supersport.com  
Pic: Backpagepix

1 COMMENT

  1. For a coach who was a great player in his days I wonder why:
    1): 3-4-3 was never considered since fullbacks aren't one of our strengths now
    2): we still contrive to confuse mikel rather than play him in his preferred position
    3):Efe aint a RB. We clda played efe-yobo-oboabona. Mikel @ d "D" onazi & some1 else running off him (a la pirlo, with camoranesi/gattuso & perotta/de Rossi in '06 w/c, or elano & ramires off gilberto in dunga's Brazil)
    4):There was a hole b/w midfld & attack. Igiebor shlda been there. Wlda given ideye more room to shine, cos, u either close igiebor down, or body-check ideye for d whole duration of d match. Igiebor was rather wasted in CM with mikel.

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