Burkina Faso joined Cameroon in semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a shock 1-0 victory over Tunisia at the Roumde Adjia Stadium on Saturday.
Teenage Lorient forward Dango Ouattara scored the winning goal in first-half stoppage-time after a swift breakaway down the right. Tunisia, who had defeated Nigeria in the previous round, regrouped for the second half and thought they should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Wahbi Khazri, but the referee refused to overturn his decision after revisiting the incident on the pitchside monitor.
With seven minutes left Dango Ouattara was sent off, initially having been shown a yellow card for catching Ali Maaloul with a stray elbow before another VAR review.Burkina Faso, though, held out to progress to a semi-final against either Senegal or Equatorial Guinea, who meet on Sunday.
With 25 minutes gone, the Stallions, who are ranked 60th in the FIFA rankings, produced an opening when Cyrille Bayala tested Tunisia goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said with a near-post drive. At the opposite end, Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi produced an acrobatic save to keep Tunisia midfielder Khazri’s long-range free-kick out.