Connect to share and comment

Soccer-Burkina Faso reach final with shootout win over Ghana

PlacardEnlarge
(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso reached the African Nations Cup final for the first time with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shoutout win over Ghana on Wednesday after their semi-final ended 1-1 following extra time.

They clinched the victory after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Ghana's third penalty after a weak shimmy and shot.

The Burkinabe will be without the influential Jonathan Pitroipa in Sunday's final against Nigeria after he was sent off three minutes from the end of extra time for a second yellow card.

Ghana went ahead after 13 minutes when Mubarak Wakaso scored his third penalty of the tournament after Burkina Faso defender Paul Koulibaly was harshly judged to have fouled Christian Atsu.

Burkina Faso equalised after exactly an hour when Aristides Bance fired home low and hard from the edge of the penalty area. (Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by John Mehaffey)

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-burkina-faso-reach-final-shootout-win-over-ghana