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AFCON 2021: Burkina Faso advances to the quarterfinals!

Burkina Faso VS Gabon - 1/8 finale, AFCON 2021 - Photo credit: Cafonline
More accurate in the penalty shootout, Burkina Faso beat Gabon (7-6) after a score of one goal after 120 minutes in the round of 16 of the 33rd edition of the CAN.

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It is finally Burkina Faso who will win the only ticket of this match after an epic match against Gabon on January 23, 2022. The Panthers were able to hold on for more than 30 minutes with 10 against 11 and were able to come back to the score after the expulsion of Sidney Abissa in the 66th minute. Captain Bruno Ecuele Manga and his teammates were left out in the penalty shootout. 6 shots were scored against 7 for their executioners.

Although they started well at the beginning of the game with several opportunities to score, the Gabonese were clumsy in the opposing penalty area. After the missed penalty of captain Bertrand Traore at the 13th minute, he will redeem himself 15 minutes later by opening the score at the 28th minute of play (1-0). At the break, Gabon was still behind. It will be necessary to wait for the additional time to see the Gabonese equalization (1-1). The Gabonese goal was scored by Bruno Ecuele Manga on a corner from the left to the right.

During the match, Burkina Faso came close to breaking the deadlock several times. Dango Ouattara in the 60th, Bertrand Traore in the 74th, Ibrahim Toure in the 82nd minute of play. 

An open match between the two teams who meet for the first time in a direct elimination phase of a CAN. If in the ranks of the Stallions everyone was present, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina were missing in the ranks of the Panthers.

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