LIVE: Burkina Faso vs Egypt – 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
KingFut covers the live actions as Egypt take on Burkina Faso in the first semi-final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Burkina Faso’s route to the last four began with a group stage draw that – on paper – suggested progression to the knockout stages would be a complicated affair, as they were drawn with hosts Gabon and four-time champions Cameroon.
However, Les Etalons made light work of their arguably more illustrious opponents, drawing 1-1 with both sides before dispatching Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to top Group A.
The West Africans’ quarter-final clash with Tunisia was an incredibly tight affair until the 81st minute, when veteran Aristide Bancé sneaked a free-kick into the far bottom corner of Mathlouthi’s goal to put his side in front. As the North Africans rushed forward in search of an equaliser, Préjuce Nakoulma struck the killing blow from a lightning counter to seal his side’s qualification to the semi-finals.
This is Burkina Faso’s third-ever appearance in the last four of the competition, following a fourth-placed finish when they hosted the tournament in 1998 – when Egypt won the title with a young Essam El-Hadary in the squad – and a runner-up spot in 2013.
Egypt, meanwhile, topped Group D after drawing with Mali and defeating Uganda and Ghana. With their slim victory over Morocco in the quarter-finals – a win that ended a 31-year wait to defeat Morocco – Héctor Cúper’s men remain the only side in the tournament yet to concede a goal, and the Argentine’s pragmatism has paid dividends so far.
Egypt defeated Burkina Faso at the semi-final stage in 1998; will the Pharaohs manage a repeat to set up a record-equaling ninth final, or will Paulo Duarte’s charges avenge that defeat on their way to fight for their first-ever trophy?
Final score: 1(3)-1(4).
Warda converts his penalty successfully and El-Hadary saves Bertrand Traore’s shot! Egypt is in the final! Egypt wins 4-3 on penalties.
Salah places the ball perfectly to the left of Koffi, before the latter’s penalty was punched away by El-Hadary. Four shots taken with the score being 3-3.
Hegazy calmly blasts the ball in the net and the Burkina Faso player scores as well. 3-2.
Ramadan Sobhi’s paneka almost saved by Koffi and Diawara’s strong shot sends El-Hadary the wrong way. 2-1
Koffi tips El-Said’s penalty and it hits the post, while Alaine Traore’s shot hit the post and settles inside. Score: 1-0.
ET FT: Burkina Faso 1-1 Egypt.
118′: Mohamed Salah’s cross is too close to Koffi who catches it safely.
117′: Bertrand Traore’s shot from the free-kick hits the wall.
116′: Ahmed Hegazy gives away a free-kick from a good position.
112′: Bertrand Traore’s cross is too high and misses three marked Burkina Faso players.
108′: Nakoulma volleys the ball from inside the box, but it goes well over.
106′: SUB: Omar Gaber comes on for Ahmed Elmohamady.
105′: The second half of extra time kicks-off
105′: The end of the first half of extra time.
103′: Warda is taken down in the box, but the referee waves to play on.
102′: SUB: Bance makes way for Alaine Traore.
101′: Nakoulma settles the ball but his shot is wide.
98′: Ramadan Sobhi dribbles past three players, but is out of choices
97′: Sobhi beats his marker and gets in the box, but he fails to find Warda inside the box.
97′: Steeve is booked for pulling Ramadan Sobhi’s jersey.
96′: Great play from the Burkina Faso strikers in the box, but Hegazy clears the ball for a throw in.
94′: Bance almost scores the second, but Ali Gabr forces him to shoot the ball off target.
92′: Burkina Faso is in control, but the Egyptian defense clears the chances.
FT: Burkina Faso 1-1 Egypt. Both teams head into extra time.
90′ +3: Coulibaly gets on the end of a througball from the Burkina Faso defense and it almost goes over El-Hadary, who tipped it over the bar.
90′: El-Hadary is receiving treatment after getting shinned in to the head.
89′: Bance shoots a powerful low shot from a free-kick, but El-Hadary catches it on two tries.
87′: Warda heads the ball toward the Koffi, but it is easy ro him to catch.
85′: Instant impact from Ramadan Sobhi after replacing Trezeguet. He dribbles past one Burkina Faso player before being brought down by the second, who receives a yellow card.
84′: CLOSE! Amr Warda takes a shot from the edge of the box with his weaker foot but it goes just inches above the bar.
82′: Nakoulma dribbles past Elmohamady and drives a powerful cross toward goal, but El-Hadary saves.
80′: SUB: Banou Diawara comes on for Abdou Traore
76′: Ahmed Fathi is on the ground receiving medical treatment to his shoulder.
74′: SUB: Amr Warda replaces Mahmoud Kahraba
73′: GOAL! Bance is left unmarked in the box, controls the ball and places it to the right of El-Hadary.
65′: Great build up play by the Egyptians. Elmohamady crossed the ball to Kahraba inside the box, who laid the ball for Salah, and the latter placed a powerful shot to Koffi’s right.
65′: GOOAAAAALLLLL! Salah finesses the ball into the top corner after Kahraba sets him up.
62′: Bance’s high cross is cleared by Ibrahim Salah, and Traore’s follow-up volley goes well wide.
54′: Kahraba is booked, ruling him out of the final for accumulation of yellow cards.
53′: Ibrahim Salah attempts a shot from inside the box, but it doesn’t challenge the keeper.
52′: Nakoulma and the Burkina Faso players plead for a penalty for a handball on Ali Gabr.
48′: Dangerous free-kick from Bertrand Traore but El-Hadary pushes out for a corner
47′: A late handball call on Ali Gabr by the referee awards Burkina Faso with a free-kick from a dangerous position.
45′: Nakoulma gets rid of two Egypt defenders before winning a foul against Ibrahim Salah
HT: Burkina Faso 0-0 Egypt.
43′: Play stops as Coulibaly receives treatment.
40′: Ahmed Fathi receives the first booking of the match for a late challenge.
38′: Kahraba’s shot takes a bounce and almost fools Koffi, but the goalkeeper recalculates successfully to make the save.
35′: Nakoulma hits a first-time shot from distance, but it’s too high.
32′: Burkina Faso win a corner, but it’s wasted.
25′: Bancé bullies Hegazy before going for an audacious overhead kick, but it’s off target.
24′: We’re halfway through the first half, and it’s still goalless in Libreville.
19′: Nakoulma cuts in from the left, but his effort flies over the bar.
18′: Kahraba goes down in the box, but the referee waves play on.
17′: Trezeguet receives the ball in a good position, but his curler is inches wide of the target.
16′: Bance goes for goal from 35+ yards, but it’s well wide.
8′: El-Hadary almost makes a mess of things, but he saves Toure’s effort at the second time of asking.
5′: As I type that, Abdou Traore tries a hopeful shot from outside the area but El-Hadary gathers easily.
5′: It’s been a cagey start so far, with both sides sizing each other up.
0′: We’re underway in Libreville! Who will come out on top?
Burkina Faso XI: Koffi; Yago, Dayo, Kone, Coulibaly; Kabore, Abdou Traore; Bertrand Traore, Toure, Nakoulma; Bance
Egypt XI: El-Hadary; Elmohamady, Gabr, Hegazy, Fathi; Hamed, Ibrahim Salah; Mohamed Salah, El-Said, Trezeguet; Kahraba
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