By Prince Dulzy
The Stallions of Burkina Faso progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Cup of Nations with a 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau on Sunday in Franceville.
Rudinilson Silva scored an own goal early on, while Bertrand Traore second-half strike saw Burkina Faso progressed into the next round.
The Stallions finished as group winners ahead of Cameroon who drew 0-0 with Gabon – both have five points but Burkina Faso topped the table with goal difference. Gabon came third with three points and Guinea-Bissau last with one.
Debutants Guinea-Bissau, with a chance of qualifying, albeit a narrow one, shot themselves in the foot after just 12 minutes when Rudinilson Silva inadvertently headed the ball into his own net.
Guinea Bissau despite one goal down still controlled possession and had number of chances. They really dominated play and wanted to make amends for that early own goal.
Left winger Piqueti came close to equalizing for the Djurtus but his shot was beautifully saved by Burkina goalkeeper Kouakou Koffi. The first half was mostly dominated by Guinea Bissau.
Burkina Faso came into the game proper after the break and 13 minutes in the second half doubled their lead through Bertrand Traore assisted by Prejuce Nakoulma.
Guinea Bissau still pressed forward hoping to find a way back into the game, but they were unable to beat Koffi in the Burkina Faso goal.
This is only the third time that Burkina Faso have reached the advanced rounds of the competition. They will face runners-up of Group B more likely Tunisia.
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