Bance and Nakoulma dispatch Tunisia

Two second half goals from Aristide Bance and Prejuce Nakoulma handed Burkina Faso a 2-0 win over Tunisia in the first 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal at the Stade d’Angondj√© in Libreville on Saturday evening.

In the wake of the victory, Paulo Duarte’s side will now face Egypt or Morocco in the semifinal on Wednesday.

Despite pressure on the Tunisians and a great start for the Burkinabe in an aim to find an early goal, the Carthage Eagles managed to clear their lines.

In the 15th minute, a header from Yassine Khenissi resulting from a corner nearly broke the deadlock as it went inches wide.

Four minutes later, Khenissi produced another fine header from close range, showing his aerial strength after a wonderful cross from Naim Sliti, but the header sailed wide once again.

Towards the half-hour mark, Bertrand Traore tried to break the deadlock with a delightful curler towards the top corner, but it went over.

In the 32nd minute, Henryk Kasperczak’s men received a set piece in a good position and Mohammed Ben Amor’s attempt sailed inches wide from goalkeeper Herve Koffi’s right post.

It was 0-0 at halftime.

Despite pressure from the Stallions, the Tunisian defence stood firm to break down attacks launched by Nakoulma and Bertrand Traoroe.

It took the West Africans 81 minutes to find an opener after they received a set piece on the edge of the area and Bance found the back of the net.

With five minutes to go, Nakoulma made it 2-0 as he received a long clearance from a corner and he outran the defence.

Keeper Mathlouthi came off of his line to clear the danger, but was easily beaten by the striker as he slot it home.

The loss means the Carthage Eagles are out of the tournament and will now be heading home.

Burkina Faso: (0) 2 (Bance 81′, Nakoulma 85′)

Tunisia: (0) 0

Burkina Faso: Koffi, Yago, Kone, Nakoulma, A .Traore, Dayo, Kabore, B. Traore (A. Traore 90′), Coulibaly, Bayala (Bance 75′), I. Toure (Sare 86′)

Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Abdennour, Ben Youssef, Msakni, Khazri (Lahmar 63′), Khenissi (Khalifa 85′), Sassi, Ben Amor, Yacoubi, Naguez, Sliti


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