Burkina Faso hit AFCON quarter-final after epic shootout

Burkina Faso defeated Gabon 7-6 on penalty to reach the quarter-final of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The score stood at 1-1 after 120 minutes, which necessitated a penalty shootout, which the West African side won.

Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the winning penalty for Burkina Faso, putting the ball into the right side of the goal past the outstretched arm of Jean-Noel Amonome.

Lloyd Palun missed Gabon’s last penalty as he smashed the ball against the crossbar, after which Ouedraogo stepped in to give Burkina Faso the lead.

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Before duration time, Burkina Faso had opened scoring on 28 minutes through Bertrand Traore.

He got to the ball and unleashed a strong shot from distance. It turned out to be a good decision as his effort found its way into the bottom left corner.

On 67 minutes, Sidney Obissa made a bad challenge and received a second yellow card from Jiyed Redouane and was sent off.

Gabon equalised on added time after Adama Guira’s own goal, as he deflected a shot into his own net.

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