AFCON 2023: Penalty drama seals win for Burkina Faso against Mauritania


Burkina Faso secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mauritania with a late goal, claiming all three crucial points in their opening match of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.

Mauritania, eager to register their maiden Africa Cup of Nations triumph, displayed resilience in the first half, creating several promising opportunities. However, Burkina Faso’s goalkeeper, Havre Koffi, showcased his prowess by making vital saves when the Stallions needed them the most.

The game took a decisive turn when Bertrand Traore entered the fray, replacing Cedric Badolo, providing additional attacking impetus for Hubert Velud’s side. Traore’s near-miss from a curled effort in the penalty box was denied by Mauritania’s goalkeeper, Babacar Niasse, keeping the scoreline level.

As the match approached its conclusion, Issa Kabore was brought down in the box, prompting a VAR review. The decision favored Burkina Faso, awarding them a penalty. Stepping up to the challenge, substitute Bertrand Traore confidently converted, securing the lone goal of the match and ensuring Burkina Faso’s triumphant start to the tournament.

With this crucial win, Burkina Faso sets their sights on their upcoming clash against Algeria on January 20, eager to maintain their momentum and stake a claim for glory in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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