Burkina Faso 0-1 Ghana: Black Stars Tame Stallions To Slip Into Quarter-Finals

The Black Stars made it to the last eight after racing ahead of the Stallions in a 1-0 nervy game.
Burkina Faso 0-1 Ghana Stats/Lineups
African Nations Cup Competition

Injury-ravaged Ghana defeated the Galloping Stallions of Burkina Faso to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Youngster Andre Dede Ayew scored the only goal of the match when his 30th minute header from a Samuel Inkoom cross, landed in the far right corner of the net.

The lone goal raised the tempo of the game but an inexperienced Ghana side struggled to hold the midfield for most of the first half.

Stallions forward Pitroipa was the thorn in the side of the Black Stars as he nearly opened the scoring in the seventh minute but experience Wigan goalkeeper Richard Kingson was alert to prevent it from his territory.

Pitroipa gave Ghana’s defender Isaac Vorsah a great deal of pressure but the Ghana back line managed to soak most of his attacks that resulted in countless number of fouls and offsides.

Striker Mathew Amoah nearly put Ghana in the lead in the ninth minute but his ferocious drive went way over goalkeeper Diakite’s goal post.

In the 18th minute the Stallions gained a lot of possession with their one-two passes. They took control of the midfield to give a lot of respite for their goalie.

The much tipped Stallions failed to capitalize on the several free kicks in the danger zones of their opponents and intermittently allowed Ghana to dictate the pace of the game. Four yellow cards – three against the Burkinabes and one for Ghana – were recorded in the first half.

In the 45th minute Amoah could have topped up the goal of Ghana to two but drove the ball too wide at the far left of the goal post. Coach Duarte’s charges lifted their game in the early minutes of the second half but failed to convert most of their chances into productive goals.

Ghana’s Haminu Dramann wasted a lot of chances that could have given his side a comfortable lead in the epic game that sent both fans’ blood pressures high. He flashed a cross in the face of the Burkinabe’s goalpost but his team-mate Amoah was too late to tap into the net.

In the 61st minute Koneh was too slow to latch on to a brilliant free kick to equalize for his side and after four minutes his team-mate Tall received his marching orders for invisibly elbowing Asamoah Gyan. Ghana's Agyemang Badu received the only yellow card of the second half.

Dramann had a lot of space to cover once again to give Ghana a commanding lead in the 76th minute but he sliced the ball into the side netting. The Stallions could have smiled all the way into the quarter-finals but a poorly taken free kick from goal poacher Dagano in the 93rd minute sent them out of the competition with just a single point.

Ghana now have a herculean task to beat hosts Angola in their next quarter-final match.