Stallions progress, Guinea-Bissau finish bottom

Burkina Faso booked their place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a hard-fought and bruising 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau.

Prejuce Nakoulma and Bertrand Traore netted either side of the break in a clinical performance from the Stallions, but Djurtus deserve some credit for the way they fought back from an early set-back.

Predictably, it was all Burkina Faso in the opening exchanges, and they should have been ahead after just eight minutes when Traore broke through after a quick counter-attack, but his Thierry Henry-esqe finish shaved the far post.

However, they didn’t have to wait long for the opener – just two minutes in fact. It came from a defensive error, with Rudinilson’s back header beating his own keeper and seemingly heading for an own goal. The ball was scrambled off the line and on to the post, but Nakoulma followed up expertly to slot into the open net.

But any thoughts of Djurtus rolling over were far from the truth, with the minnows fighting their way back and dominating play for the remainder of the half.

However, the closest they came was when Piqueti cut in from the left and fired off a powerful shot which Herve Koffi parried for a corner.

Guinea-Bissau started the second half well enough, but soon found themselves two behind – the brilliant Traore this time getting his side-foot finish right after being set up by Nakoulma.

Still, Djurtus were not giving up, with Koffi forced into another smart save from Zezinho’s deflected free kick, and substitute Abel Camera hooking a shot wide after being played in by Frederic Mendy.

So, with Cameroon holding Gabon to a goalless draw in the other game, it means Burkina Faso finish as group winners, with the Indomitable Lions ending second. Gabon and Guinea-Bissau crash out.

GROUP A Pld Pts
Portugal 3 7
Mexico 3 7
Russia 3 3
New Zealand 3 0
GROUP B Pld Pts
Germany 3 7
Chile 3 5
Australia 3 2
Cameroon 2 1
GROUP C Pld Pts
GROUP D Pld Pts
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