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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Ethiopia take a point home

By Brian Aheebwa

A one-all draw against Burkina Faso at Kouekong Stadium on Monday ensured that Ethiopia registered their first point at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, it couldn’t help much as they bowed out of the tournament, having lost their first two games to Cape Verde and Cameroon in Group A.

Burkina Faso took the lead in the 24th minute through Cyrille Bayala, who spotted goalkeeper Teklemariam Balcha well off his line, lobbing the ball over into the net, off Adama Guira’s assist.

Getaneh Kebede should have levelled matters for Ethiopia in the 35th minute, but custodian Soufiane Ouedraoga pulled off a terrific save to deny him.

With five minutes left to halftime, Burkina Faso claimed a penalty which was denied by both the centre referee Ahmad Heeralall and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

A few minutes after the restart of the second half, there was a handball off a Burkina Faso player inside his box. After a VAR check, Heeralall awarded Ethiopia a penalty.

Captain Kebede stepped up and converted his side’s equalizer and their second in the whole tournament.

From then onwards, both sides could only afford half chances and a fair share of possession, settling for a point apiece.

After three games, Cameroon has finished top of the group with seven points, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are tied on four, but it’s the former who take the second spot via a better head to head.

Burkina Faso and Ethiopia were meeting for only the fourth time, and it is the first time they drew. The former has won twice compared to the latter’s one.

Following their second-place finish in Group A, Burkina Faso awaits the second-placed team in Group C. That will be one of Morocco, Gabon and Ghana depending on how that group concludes on Tuesday, January 18.

When the above fixture is confirmed on Tuesday, the two teams will face off on Sunday, January 23 at Limbe Stadium, and that will be the first game of the round of 16.

On the other hand, Ethiopia join Mauritania and Zimbabwe as the three officially eliminated teams from this year’s AFCON.

How both teams lined up 

Burkinafaso XI: Farid Ou├ędraogo(GK),Issa Kabore, Steeve Yago, Gustavo Sangare, Issouf Dayo, Edmond Tapsoba, Adam Guira, Blati Toure, Hassane Bande, Betrand Traore (C),Cyrille Bayda

Substitutes: Dango Ouattara,Soumaila Ouattara,Dramane Nikiema,Abdoul Fessal Tapsoba, Zakaria Sanogo,Patrick Arnaud Malo,Ismael Ouedraogo,Oula Abass Traore, Mohammed Konate,Djibril Ouattara,Kilian Nikiema,Aboubacar Sawadogo

Ethiopia XI: Teklemariam Shanko (GK),Asrat Tonjo, Ramadan Yusef,Yihun Endashaw,Aschalew Tamene,Yared Bayeh,Dawa Hotessa,Amanuel Yohannes,Gataneh Kabede (C),Surafel Dagnachew,Abubeker Nasir

Substitutes: Bezabeh Meleyo,Jamal Tasew Bushura,Gatoch Panom,Mesud Mohammed,Firew Solomon,Fitsum Alem,Suleman Hamid,Ahmed Rashid,Shemket Gugesa,Mesfin Tafesse,Mignot Debebe, Amanuel Gebremichael

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