Burkina Faso and Morocco settled for a 1-1 draw in Cape Town on Thursday in a Group B second match at the ongoing Chan 2014
Burkina Faso scrambled a late minute equaliser against Morocco to keep alive chances of progressing from the group stage at the ongoing African Nations Championship at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Thursday.
The local Atlas Lions opened the scoring early in the session, but fluffed many chances to put the game to bed in the first half, before being forced to concede a draw late into the game.
Both sides were determined for a win following a poor start to the competition, with the Stallions losing their first match to Uganda 2-1 and Morocco playing a goalless draw against Zimbabwe.
Brahin el Bahri connected a delightful cross from El Ouadi after a powerful back post run and poked home his effort to put Morocco ahead after 50 seconds of play.
Efforts to increase their lead continued as Burkina Faso’s defence showed signs of frailty. However, the Atlas Lions hastily and sloppily bungled countless opportunities to settle the matter early enough in their favour.
Abdessamad Rafik had a good run from the right, but after cutting into the Burkina Faso box, decided to strike it home instead of laying for two of his men waiting unmarked.
El Bahri had a chance to claim a brace after pushing his kick into the area, but his final effort was too soft for the Stallions’ goalkeeper Mohamed Kabore, who also captains the outfit, like Morocco’s goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri.
The Burkinabe struggled in their back half against the Moroccans, but were able to keep the score from getting worse until the break.
The West Africans came back from the break stronger, but were always crashing their efforts against Morocco’s solid defence.
Bassirou Ouedraogo was set up in the Lions’ box as his side began to dominate play, but his poor decision of hitting straight instead of chipping for his mate robbed them the chance of pulling level by the hour mark.
Morocco retook domination after dealing with the pressure, but the likes of Issam Erraki, El Ouadi and Bahri kept wasting chances.
By the 80th minute, Burkina Faso were pouring forward as another loss would mean their elimination. The efforts yielded minutes later when Ouedraogo broke lose inside Morocco’s box to unleash an effort that landed in the back net.
Stunned by the unexpected equaliser, the North Africans toiled until the end of the meeting to retake the lead, but were forced to share the spoils.
Group B is now led by Uganda with 4 pts, followed by Zimbabwe on 2pts and Morocco, also on 2pts, while Burkina Faso are bottom with 1 pt.