3 February 2013

Togo/Burkina Faso: Analysis of the 2nd Match of Day - Togo 0 - 1 Burkina Faso

And the ref blows for full time and Pitroipa's extra time header separates the two teams as Burkina Faso secure their place in the semi final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kabore's corner picks out Pitroipa unmarked at the near post. He heads against the bar and into the back of the net with Amassa in no mans land.

Burkina Faso reached the semifinals of the African Nations Cup for the first since 1998 when a header in extra time from Jonathan Pitroipa gave them a 1-0 win over fellow outsiders Togo on Sunday.

Pitroipa pulled away from his marker during the 105″ at a corner in the last seconds of the first period of extra time to head in off the underside of the bar to put Burkina Faso through to the last four where they will meet Ghana in Nelspruit on Wednesday.

The match, on the hard, sandy pitch at the Mbombela Stadium, seemed destined to go to penalties after 90 minutes of largely uninspiring football, although both sides did have chances to win it in the closing minutes of normal time.

Togo's talismanic skipper Emmanuel Adebayor worked tirelessly for his side, who had never reached this stage before, but he was unable to find the net with one effort cleared off the line and another well saved by Burkina goalkeeper Daouda Diakite.

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