AFCON 2021: Burkina Faso Beat Tunisia to Reach Semis

AFCON 2021: Burkina Faso Beat Tunisia to Reach Semis

Teenager Dango Ouattara who features for French Ligue 1 side Lorient who are 2001/02 Coupe de France champions scored the only goal for Burkina Faso that elbowed the Africa Cup of Nations pre-match favourites Tunisia 1-0 out of the tournament on Saturday, January 30, 2022.

Later Ouattara turned out as villain after he was sent off as Burkina Faso surprised Tunisia to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Ouattara, 19, ran onto Blati Toure’s through ball, held off two defenders and cut inside before firing in.

But he was then sent off in the 82nd minute for an elbow on Ali Maaloul.

Ouattara, was suspended after his late dismissal. It came after referee Joshua Bondo’s second trip to the monitor for a video assistant referee check in quick succession.

The Burkinabe, who lost the 2013 final, had chances to win by more – albeit long before the late drama – with Cyrille Bayala denied by Bechir Ben Said when he had time and space in the box.

The final whistle, blown 15 seconds before the indicated amount of injury time was over, was met by wild celebrations from the Burkina Faso players.

Burkina Faso, who are ranked 60th in the world, have won all four Afcon quarters they have ever played including three in the past four tournaments. Tunisia, ranked 30th, have lost six of their past seven.

The Stallions, who have never won the tournament, will meet the winner of Sunday’s round of last 16 game between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea.