BURKINA FASO 1-1 GHANA
3 -Penalty shoot out -2
Ghana missed three of their five spot kicks in the shootout to hand Burkina Faso the spot in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
BURKINA FASO ARE THROUGH TO THE FINAL
120’ – Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Ghana) Penalty Shootout – Fail
120’ – Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso) Penalty Shootout – Goal
120’ – Emmanuel Clottey (Ghana) Penalty Shootout – Fail
120’ – Paul Koulibaly (Burkina Faso) Penalty Shootout – Fail
120’ – Harrison Afful (Ghana) Penalty Shootout – Goal
120’ – Alain Traore (Burkina Faso) Penalty Shootout – Goal
120’ – Christian Atsu (Ghana) Penalty Shootout – Goal
120’ – Bakary Kone (Burkina Faso) Penalty Shootout – Goal
120’ – Isaac Vorsah (Ghana) Penalty Shootout – Fail
120’ – The referee blows for the end of the second period of extra time.
Both teams are in huddles as they prepare for the spot kicks, there are nerves on the faces of players from both teams.
There’ll be plenty of penalties now though, as the semi-final will be decided with a shoot out.
Ghana were hanging on at times during the extra half hour, and were lucky to see a Burkina Faso goal disallowed and not to concede a penalty.
END OF EXTRA TIME: Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana
120’ – The referee blows for the end of the second period of extra time.
90 + 29’ – Cross from the left flank by Ghana, Gyan gets his head on it but his effort goes narrowly wide.
Looking at the replays, there was clear contact between the Ghanaian defender and Pitroipa. Somehow Pitoipa manages a smile as he heads off the pitch. It’s been an odd display from the referee this evening.
117’ – Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) is sent off.
116′: RED CARD! Jonathan Pitroipa is booked for diving in penalty area. It’s his second yellow of the game, and he’s off.
115’ – Koulibaly with a 22-yard shot, but another great save from the Ghana keeper sees him deny the Burkina Faso man.
112’ – Corner-kick results in a goal mouth scramble in the Ghana box, Bance shoots, but his effort is cleared off the goalline by Afful.
Bance has been mighty since half time. The FC Ausburg striker has had eight shots and one goal for Burkina Faso.
90 + 21’ – Bance on a dribbling run into the box, he shoots from ten-yards out, good save from the keeper who turns it around the post for a corner.
110’ – Gyan is down and receiving some treatment. But he looks find to continue.
108’ – Good passing on the edge of the box by Burkina Faso sees Bance with a chance on goal, but he fires over again from 14-yards out under little pressure.
CHANCE! Burkina Faso thread the ball to Bance on the edge of the area, but his shot goes high again. Ghana are holding on at the moment, it’s been all Burkina Faso since the start of extra time, and they clearly believe they should have the lead.
It’s a late decision by the officials, but they wipe Nakoulma’s goal off the score board. His foot was very high and near to Dauda, but it didn’t make contact with the Ghana goalie. Another controversial decision from the Tunisian ref.
106′: GOAL! Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana (Nakoulma)
106’ – Burkina Faso get us underway in the second half of extra time.
105’ – The referee blows for the end of the first period of extra time.
90 + 14’ – Ghana Substitution: Emmanuel Clottey replaces Mubarak Wakaso
90 + 13’ – Burkina Faso break, but Bance wastes the opportunity as he fires over from just inside the box
103’ – Atsu with a strike from 20-yards but the ball is blocked.
102’ – Asamoah down the left, he beats his marker, but his cross is too heavy and out for a goal-kick
99’ – Burkina Faso win a corner-kick. Bakary Kone with a free-header but it goes over the crossbar.
97’ – Nakoulma at the back post, but his cross is snatched out the air by the Ghanaian goalie.
96’ – Corner to Ghana, but Burkina Faso are able to clear.
95’ – Afful with a powerful shot from a tight angle 16-yards out, but the keeper produces a great save tipping the ball over the bar.
93’ – Gyan goes down in the penalty area and the referee waves away the penalty appeals.
92’ – Ghana are playing from left to right.
– The referee signals the start of the first period of extra time.
-Burkina Faso are on the attack early on, but lose the ball to their opponents, with Gyan picking up the ball in the Burkina Faso penalty area, but the ball is cleared.
-Extra time is underway.
-If either team have looks like taking the win it’s Burkina Faso. Ghana were pushing hard towards the end of the match, but they looked tired, and couldn’t make the most of the opportunities they created.
-Extra time beckons as the sides finish level after 90 minutes. It looks like Burkina Faso were expecting it, their only change has been forced by injury to Koffi, while Ghana can make just one more change, and have some very weary looking players on the pitch.
90+3′: FULL TIME: Burkina Faso 1-1 Ghana
90+3: Mubarak Wakaso takes a free kick for Ghana, but it’s a poor one, and goes out on the sideline, in what should be the final attacking move of 90 minutes.
90+2′: SUBSTITUTION! Henri Traore is on in place of the injured Koffi
90+1: Ghana have a free kick, but it’s delayed as Koffi is still struggling with his right leg, and he needs to be stretchered off the pitch.
89′: As we head in to the final two minutes it looks increasingly like there will be extra time to decide who joins Nigeria in the final. That said, Burkina Faso have twice scored in the 95th minute earlier in the tournament, so it’s not over yet.
86‘: Harrison Afful looks to have picked up an injury as he limps towards the sidelines. Ghana have already used two substitutes, while Burkina Faso have all three still in tact. That could be crucial if the game does head in to an extra 30 minutes.
85′: CHANCE! From nothing, Atsu manages to force a brilliant save from Diakite. The Burkina Faso keeper parries the ball back in to play, but his back four manage to get the ball away, setting Pitroipa free on a counter attack.
84‘: Mohamed Koffi pulls up with some pain in his right leg. He’s already got a lot of tape on the leg. It looks like it may have just been a touch of cramp, as he’s ok to continue after a moment or two’s rest.
83′: Mohamed Koffi pulls up with some pain in his right leg. He’s already got a lot of tape on the leg. It looks like it may have just been a touch of cramp, as he’s ok to continue after a moment or two’s rest.
81′: Pitroipa picks out Nakoulma again, but Nakoulma passes the ball back to the winger, catching him off guard, and he can’t control the ball in time.
80’: It’s starting to get a little bit scrappy at the minute, causing the referee to have to get more involved. With extra time looming, neither side will want to find themselves a man short.
BOOKING! Paul Koulibaly appears to have lashed out after the ball had gone out, kicking Gyan in the groin, and he may be lucky to only be shown a yellow for that move.
75’ – Free-kick on the right swung into the Ghana box, but there is no danger as the ball is cleared.
74’ – Bance is down after a knock to his head, but he looks fine to continue.
72’ – Bance with the strike, but his effort goes about two-yards wide of the goal.
71’ – Free-kick to Burkina Faso 25-yards out.
70’ – Derek Boateng (Ghana) is cautioned.
67’ – Yellow card: Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) is cautioned.
66’ – Pitroipa works his way into the box, but his 16-yard shot is pulled just wide.
65’ – Burkina Faso are looking a lot more threatening now and are moving the ball about the park swiftly – at the moment they look the more likely to score.
64’ – Free-kick to Ghana on the right, but the delivery into the box is poor and Burkina Faso clear.
63’ – Now we have a game on our hands.
62’ – A mistake in defence saw Bance through on goal and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat – clinical finish
61’ – Charles Kabore (Burkina Faso) assists with a goal.
60’ – Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso) scores!
58’ – Atsu attacks down the left, good low cross for Gyan who hits the post from 14-yards out. So close to adding Ghana’s second.
57’ – Asante tries a clever through ball for Gyan, but the keeper gets their first ahead of the striker.
54’ – Another corner to Burkina Faso but this time Ghana are able to clear.
54’ – Replays have confirmed the ball did not cross the line. good decision there by the referee and linesman.
53’ – Corner is whipped in and Aristide Bance with the header, but a great save by the keeper keeps him out – there are some questions if his header crossed the line.
53‘: Pitroipa makes a brilliant run down the wing with Kabore and Nakoulma waiting in front of goal, but his cross is put behind for a corner.
51‘: Burkina Faso are pushing for an early equaliser, but Bance is penalised for a collision with Asamoah, gifting possession back to Ghana.
49‘: Burkina Faso looks to catch out the Ghana new boy, immediately going on the attack before Boateng is in position, but his teammates fill in well, and play the ball back down the other end of the pitch.
48′: SUBSTITUTION! Derek Boateng is on for Rabiu Mohammed. Rather unusual to see a change two minutes in to the second half rather than at half time.
47‘: Ghana have made a bright start to the second half, forcing a corner inside the opening minute. However, some physical play from Asamoah sees the ball handed back to Burkina Faso.
Ghana get the second half underway.
HALF TIME: Burkina Faso 0-1 Ghana
45 + 2’ – The referee brings the first half to an end.
45’ – The fourth official signals two minutes of added time.
44’ – Gyan tries to break on the counter-attack, but the Burkina Faso are alert to the danger and clear the ball.
Ghana seem to be trying to keep possession, and therefore keep their lead, to the break. They seem happy just to hold the ball in midfield, with plenty of players around the ball.
42’ – Boye slips and Pitroipa drives towards goal, but the Ghanaian defender gets back and makes a great tackle.
40‘: Rabiu Mohammed has taken a knock to the head, so the referee has stopped the game while he receives some treatment, but he looks to be alright.
38‘: CHANCE! Ghana take the ball down the sideline before crossing it in to the area, where it falls to Asante, but the substitute gets a poor contact on the ball, and it’s blasted well high of the crossbar.
36′: Ghana had been starting to see a little more of the ball, but Burkina Faso are back on the attack now, Pitroipa looking to feed the ball through to Bance on the edge of the Ghana penalty area, but Boye manages to head to ball away.
35’ – Burkina Faso pressing again, but again Nakoulma’s long range shot is well wide. He gets into great positions but his finishing is poor.
32’ – Nakoulma through on goal with just the Ghana keeper to beat, but he fires over from just inside the box – poor effort there.
31’ – Corner to Ghana. Ball delivered deep to Vorsah at the back post, but his powerful header goes just wide.
31′: CHANCE! Asamoah Gyan has only the keeper to beat after timing his run perfectly to beat the offside trap set by Burkina Faso, but he takes too long to go for his shot, leaving himself an impossible angle, allowing Diakite to block his effort.
30‘: Kabore fires the ball forward for Bance, but some close marking from the Ghana back four means he can’t get control of the ball. It’s all Burkina Faso at the minute.
29‘: CHANCE! Bance slides the ball out wide to Nakoulma, who hits the ball on the half-volley, but the ball goes well wide. He’s had a few chances from distance now.
27‘: Asamoah Gyan makes a run for Ghana, but he loses control of the ball due to a couple of irregular bobbles on the sandy pitch, and Burkina Faso get the ball away.
25’ – Another Burkina Faso corner, but again Ghana are able to clear quite easily.
23’ – Wakaso beats a couple of defenders before unleashing a 25-yard shot which the keeper spills initially but reclaims the ball on the second go.
22’ – Free-kick to Burkina Faso on the right side of the box. Ball is delivered into the box, but Gyan is there to head it clear.
21′: BOOKING! Rabiu Mohammed is booked for pulling down Prejuce Nakoulma, who had made a brilliant run down the wing for Burkina Faso.
18’ – Corner to Burkina Faso. Ball is whipped into the box but Ghana clear easily.
CHANCE! Some good build-up play by Burkina Faso leads to a shot for Jonathan Pitroipa. The striker tries to volley the ball, but it’s blocked and the ball goes out for a corner, which Ghana clear with ease.
17’ – Badu drives into the box, but his shot from an acute angle hits the side netting of the Burkina Faso goal.
16′: Up until the penalty, Burkina Faso had had the brighter start of the two teams, there previous time on the pitch paying dividends. It doesn’t look like they’ve let their heads drop too much through.
14‘: Mubarak Wakaso clinically dispatches the penalty to give Ghana the lead. The Burkina Faso players are livid with the referee, there was very little contact between the two players, less than at the other end when Pitroipa was brought down a few minutes earlier.
13′: GOAL! Burkina Faso 0-1 Ghana (Wakaso)
12‘: PENALTY! Ghana are awarded a spot kick, as Panandetiguiri makes contact with Atsu.
11′: Ghana get a penalty
11‘: SUBSTITUTION! Pantsil has now been stretchered off, Solomon Asante taking his place. It’s always a shame to see a player have to leave a game through injury, particularly so early on.
9‘: John Pantsil is on the ground in agony. He was chasing the ball towards the goalline when he reached for the back of his thigh before falling to the ground. Unfortunately for the former Fulham and West Ham defender, it looks like a hamstring injury, and he’s being lifted on to the stretcher
7‘: PENALTY APPEAL! Jonathan Pitroipa is pushed down inside the penalty area by John Boye, but the referee waves the Burkina Faso striker’s appeal away. Boye didn’t seem to get anything on the ball, it wouldn’t have been a shock to have seen that given.
5′: Both sides still seem to be adjusting to the quality of the pitch at Nelspruit. Neither have been able to keep possession for more than a few passes, with the ball bouncing unpredictably along the sandy turf.
3‘: CHANCE! The ball falls to Aristides Bance on the edge of the area, but his strike goes wide.
2′: A physical start by Burkina Faso sees Bakary Kone bundle Asamoah Gyan, who is sporting a particularly eye-catching hairstyle, to the ground, conceding a free kick.
0 min: Burkina Faso kick the first half off.