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AFCON – Tunisia and Burkina Faso to quarters

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In the first two round of 16 matches of AFCON, Tunisia knocked out Nigeria and Burkina Faso knocked out Gabon. PlayOn99 News tells you everything that happened and football news, line-ups and predictions of today’s matches.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

AFCON: Tunisia left out one of the favorites

Nigeria was upset in the round of 16 by Tunisia 1-0 with a goal from Youssef Msakni early in the second half.

The Eagles won all three of their group matches -including against Egypt- and started as favorites to be crowned champions, but ran into a tough opponent who did not have a great participation in the last phase and came as runner-up in the Arab Cup.

Tunisia suffered little because Nigeria, who searched for the rival goal decisively, had the misfortune of having the reckless Alex Iwobi in their team: the Everton player took the field at match time instead of Kelechi Iheanacho, but only five minutes then he was sent off for an unnecessary tackle that was reviewed by the VAR.

Already with the rival reduced to ten players, there was no imposition in the match and the reds have the possibility of being favorites when they will face a rival that is already defined in the quarterfinals.

Burkina Faso went through penalties

Two teams crossed paths that in the previous one did not promise anything, but it was possible to see a meeting that had practically everything: great goals, annulled, yellow cards everywhere, an expulsion, an epic resistance with one man less, a goalkeeper touched by a magic wand , a penalty shootout with emotion and decisive shots missed.

Bertrand Traoré put Burkina Faso ahead taking advantage of an excellent pass from Ouattara half an hour into the game, although the same player had missed a penalty against Jean Noel Amonome, the Gabonese goalkeeper who was the star of the match.

It was especially so after 67 minutes, when Sidney Obissa was sent off in Gabon and the already more than remarkable superiority of Burkina Faso became a suffocation that the Gabonese goalkeeper knew how to calm.

In minute 91, Gabon found the reward for their resistance by scoring a corner kick: the organization gave the goal to Adama Guira against, but it was Bruno Ecuele Manga who finished off.

The extension left Edmond Tapsoba somewhat annulled and a greater superiority of Burkina Faso, but the match had to be decided in a penalty shootout that the Burkinabe could win up to two times and the decisive penalties failed until Ismahila Ouédraogo, a footballer of the subsidiary of Panathinaikos, resolved the pass to the round of 16.

If the meeting seemed crazy, we must take into account what happened in Burkina Faso while the round pass was being disputed: the country’s military forces threatened a coup d’état, of course, out of dissatisfaction with the handling of the fight against jihadism. In Cameroon, the national team did their homework and made it through the round.


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