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Africa Cup of Nations

  • 22 January 2013
  • • 05:00
  • • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Referee: M. Benouza
  • • Attendance: 8500
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Nigeria 1–1 Burkina Faso: Stallions of Burkina Faso claim a point with last gasp strike

Nigeria 1–1 Burkina Faso: Stallions of Burkina Faso claim a point with last gasp strike

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Victory was snatched from the Super Eagles' grasp by a last-minute Burkina Faso equaliser, leaving both teams with a point from the Afcon encounter

Nigeria lost out in the final seconds against Burkina Faso as Alain Traore claimed a share of the spoils to cancel out Emmanuel Emenike's first-half strike.

The Super Eagles returned to the Nations Cup stage against the Stallions of Burkina Faso and had the early running, going close in the seventh minute when Brown Ideye looked in on goal, but the situation was rescued by Bacary Kone.

But Nigeria's goal came in the 23rd minute when a good ball from Mikel Obi floated beyond the Stallions’ defence and Ideye’s back-heeled pass was bundled in by Emmanuel Emenike.

Ogude was yellow-carded in the 24th minute for a foul on Jonathan Pitroipa and Efe Ambrose received the second caution of the game for a foul on Bonce, before Ahmed Musa's shot was easily gathered by Abdoulaye Soulama.

The Stallions pushed forward for an equaliser straight from the second-half restart, as Dagano went close but failed to convert. A few minutes later, Pitroipa went down in the box, asking for a penalty, but the referee waved play on.

Burkina Faso continued to push forward through substitute Wilfred Sanou on the right wing and Dagano tested Vincent Enyeama on 62 minutes, but the keeper parried for a corner kick.

Ikechukwu Uche came on for Emenike in the 57th minute and should have scored in the 65th off a cut-back from Musa, but the player blasted way off target.

Ambrose was then shown a second yellow on 73 minutes for a slight - and seemingly innocuous - touch on Pitroipa, and the Celtic defender was given his marching orders.

Stephen Keshi brought on Kenneth Omeruo for Ideye to fill the vacated right-back slot as Uche had another chance, but blasted over the bar once again.

Thereafter it was a tense affair with the Eagles keen to keep their advantage and the Stallions pressing forward their numerical supremacy.

Mikel Obi had a chance to settle the tie in the 87th minute but blasted wide and all the missed chances came back to bite the Eagles as substitute Traore snatched a point with the last kick of the game, in a 94th minute scramble.

The Burkinabes will next contend with the determined Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia while the Super Eagles must find a way around the Chipolopolo of Zambia on Friday at the Mbombela Stadium.

All four teams are on a point each with one goal for and one conceded.

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