Burkina Faso defeated Tunisia 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on Saturday. Dango Ouattara scored on the stroke of halftime.
After a breakaway attack in the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half, Ouattara, 19, held off two defenders to drive the ball home from close rangeThe attacker was set on his way by a ball from Blati Toure from inside his own half as the Burkinabe played a smart counter-attacking game to advance to the tournament’s last four in Cameroon.
Burkina Faso has reached the semi-finals of the continental tournament for the third time in the past five editions; they will face the winner of Sunday’s quarter-final between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea.
Toure’s long ball was ideally weighted for Ouattara to run on to, but as the defense closed in on him, he lost momentum, only to check his run, hold off two defenders, and hammer home his shot.Ouattara, on the other hand, will miss the semi-final after catching Tunisia substitute Ali Maaloul in the face with his elbow in the 82nd minute.
Cameroon had earlier advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Gambia.Toko Ekambi headed in a cross in the 50th minute and side-footed a cross into the top of the net in the 57th minute to send the Indomitable Lions into the last four after the tournament’s first quarterfinal.
Toko Ekambi, who was born in France, now has five goals in the competition, one more than Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar.
Cameroon will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Egypt and Morocco, which will take place on Sunday.