Burkina Faso held off a gallant rearguard motion from 10-man Gabon to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 7-6 victory on penalties after a 1-1 draw of their last-16 tie in Limbe on Sunday.
Ismahila Ouedraogo netted the decisive kick to make sure they’re the primary aspect into the final eight after an incident-packed and vitality sapping conflict.
After Burkina Faso skipper Bertrand Traore scored early, 10-man Gabon took the match into further time following a dramatic last-minute equaliser.
But ultimately the Burkinabe held their nerve in a dramatic shootout to advance.
They will tackle the winner of Sunday’s last-16 tie between Nigeria and Tunisia.
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