African Nations Cup

January 21, 2013



1 - 1

Burkina Faso

Group C

18:00 +00:00, January 21, 2013

Mbombela Stadium

Referee: Benouza, Mohamed

Super Eagles held by minnows

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Alain Traore scored with almost the last kick of the match as Burkina Faso snatched a point against Nigeria.

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Nigeria had dominated almost throughout but had only Emmanuel Emenike's 23rd-minute goal to show for it, and after the dismissal of Efe Ambrose with 16 minutes left Burkina Faso sniffed an opportunity.

Nigeria wasted further chances to put it beyond doubt and then paid for it at the death as Traore fired home in the 94th minute.

While the result extended Burkina Faso's winless run in the African Nations Cup to 18 matches, you could hardly tell by the way they celebrated the final whistle.

Nigeria dominated the first half, with almost one-way traffic towards Abdoulaye Soulama's goal.

Brown Ideye wanted a penalty early on after a fine long ball from Jon Obi Mikel found him in the area and he tumbled under the challenge of Bakary Kone, although there was a fairly obvious use of the hand by Ideye as he controlled the ball and the referee waved play on.

Ideye then blazed over from Ahmed Musa's cross before the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute.

A long ball over the top was brilliantly flicked on by Ideye and Emenike got his toe to the ball first under pressure from two defenders.

Burkina Faso were barely registering as an attacking force, but almost had a penalty just after the half-hour mark when Elderson Echiejile handled, but the referee ruled it just outside and they bungled the free-kick.

They were much improved in the second half and Moumouni Dagano should have levelled in the 49th minute, but totally mistimed his header from Florent Rouamba's cross as the ball rolled off his shoulder.

Dagano then had another chance after a fine counter-attack, but his shot from an angle was pushed away by Vincent Enyeama.

Substitute Ikechukwu Uche gave himself the chance to kill it off for Nigeria in the 65th minute with a brilliant first touch creating space close to goal, but he then lashed a horrible shot high and wide.

Ambrose's needless second yellow card for an arm across Jonathan Pitroipa gave Burkino Faso hope but Nigeria had the better of the match until Traore's stunning late intervention.

A great one-two set up the move but the chance appeared to have gone as Pitroipa overran it and his cutback missed Wilfried Sanou.

But Nigeria failed to deal with it and Traore rifled home.

Scoring Summary

Nigeria Burkina Faso
Emmanuel Emenike (23')Alain Traoré (90')


Nigeria Burkina Faso
Vincent Enyeama16 Abdoulaye Soulama
Joseph YoboBakary Kone
Elderson12 Saidou Panandetiguiri
Efe AmbrosePaul Koulibaly
14 Godfrey Obobona11 Jonathan Pitroipa
10 John Mikel ObiFlorent Rouamba
Brown Ideye5 Mohamed Koffi
20 Nosa IgieborDjakaridja Kone
13 Fengor OgudeBeli Moumouni Dagano
Emmanuel Emenike15 Aristide Bancé
Ahmed Musa2 Hughes-Wilfried Dah
16 Austin Amamchukwu EjideDaouda Diakite 1
23 Chigozie AgbimGermain Sanou 23
22 Kenneth OmeruoHenri Traore 3
Azubuike EgwuekeWilfried Sanou 20
21 Juwon OshaniwaAlain Traoré 10
12 Gabriel ReubenAbdoulrazak Traore 21
17 Ogenyi OnaziCharles Kaboré 18
4 Nwankwo ObiorahIssouf Ouattara 13
15 Ikechukwu UcheWilfreid Benjamin Balima 14
11 Victor MosesPrejuce Nakoulma 22
18 Ejike UzoenyiAli Rabo 17
19 Sunday MbahPan-Pierre Koulibaly 19
Ikechukwu Uche for Emmanuel Emenike (58)
Wilfried Sanou for Hughes-Wilfried Dah (46)
Ogenyi Onazi for Fengor Ogude (70)
Alain Traoré for Aristide Bancé (65)
Kenneth Omeruo for Brown Ideye (78)
Abdoulrazak Traore for Florent Rouamba (82)
Yellow Cards
Fengor Ogude (24)
Efe Ambrose (38)
Nosa Igiebor (73)
Red Cards
Efe Ambrose (74)
· Squads: Nigeria | Burkina Faso