Sunday January 22, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

Burkina Faso 1 - 2 Angola

  • Traoré 57’
  • Mateus 48’
  • Manucho 68’

  1. African Cup of Nations - Manucho screamer earns Angola win

    African Cup of Nations - Manucho screamer earns Angola win

    Manucho scored a superb winner as Angola got their African Cup of Nations campaign underway with a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso. More

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    • Burkina Faso
    • Angola
    • 90' FULL TIME. Indeed, they have. It finishes Burkina Faso 1-2 Angola - and it's a crucial early win for Angola. Burkina Faso should have finished more of the chances they crafted and, with the Ivory Coast still to play, they have their work cut out if they hope to progress.
    • 90' It's a scrappy and slightly ugly closing few minutes here. Angola are closing this game out and look like taking the win.
    • 88' Six minutes it is, as Burkina Faso's Tall is booked for a cynical block.
    • 86' After an extended break in play to tend to a couple of injuries, we are finally back under way. There has got to be a minimum of six minutes added time here.
    • 84' Time is running out for Burkina Faso. But can they grab what would be a deserved equaliser? Tweet me your thoughts on the game here
    • 83' Angola are defending further and further back and are inviting pressure on themselves in the final minutes.
    • 81' Superb build-up again by Burkina Faso as a deep cross comes in from the right but Dagano's header is straight at Fernandes Carlos Alberto.
    • 78' Dagano does well to fashion a shooting opportunity 20 yards from goal but two Angolan players combine to block the shot - which looked goalbound.
    • 74' And that is bad news for Burkina Faso, who are running out of time to salvage a point here.
    • 73' The game is suffering from a lot of stoppages at the moment.
    • 70' I was going to say that Angola have struggled to create anything of note after going ahead but that is what Manucho can do. It should also be mentioned that Kone was at fault again, losing the ball to the forward.
    • 68' GOAL! Manucho has scored a goal out of nothing for Angola. Collecting the ball 25 yards from goal the striker shifts it onto his left foot and fires a terrific shot just inside the left post.
    • 65' Angola still doing their fair share of attacking, but are lacking the final ball. This time Miguel overhits his cross from the left after a promising build-up.
    • 62' Burkina Faso enjoying the best of the play again here and you have to say they're favourites to take the lead. Pitroipa, Dagano and of course Traore all looking dangerous.
    • 59' That was the perfect free-kick. And apt that it was scored by Traore, who has been excellent.
    • 57' GOAL! Traore scores direct from the free-kick to draw Burkina Faso level! He bends it around the six man wall and into the opposite corner. Great strike. 1-1.
    • 56' Jonathan Pitroipa has been dangerous all game and the Burkina Faso player wins a free-kick on the edge of the box.
    • 54' Angola playing with far more confidence since going ahead. Burkina Faso have really given themselves a mountain to climb by conceding so needlessly.
    • 51' Burkina Faso sub: Saidou Panandetiguiri on, Paul Koulibaly off.
    • 49' Not really sure why Kone decide to showboat inside his own box but that tomfoolery has cost his side a goal.
    • 48' GOAL! Angola have the lead and it's a tremendous strike by Mateus! Kone decides to juggle the ball inside his own box and only half clears to Mateus, who cuts in from the right and fires an excellent shot into the bottom corner.
    • 47' Angola are on the front foot from the start of the second half as Macanga drills a dangerous ball across the face of the Burkina Faso goal.
    • 45' Burkina Faso certainly ended the half the stronger, but Angola have looked more than capable of scoring themselves. What can we expect in the second half? Tweet me your thoughts on the game here
    • 45' HALF TIME. It's 0-0 at the break, but both sides have created chances. Finely balanced here.
    • 44' Another great move by Burkina Faso as Traore slides in Jonathan Pitroipa with an incisive through ball. Pitroipa cuts the ball back towards Dagano - but Angola manage to make a last gasp interception. Big chance again.
    • 43' Things becoming a bit scrappy again as we approach half-time.
    • 40' Best chance of the half for either side falls to Burkina Faso. Florent Rouamba floats a beautiful cross in from the left that it only inches over the head of Dagano - and narrowly evades Traore at the far post. Very unlucky.
    • 38' Nice build-up again by Burkina Faso, but Traore ends the move by lashing his volley over the bar.
    • 36' Mateus has been Angola's most dangerous player in this first half and he almost darts between two Burkina Faso defenders but his run into the box is blocked. Legally.
    • 34' Traore bursts forward and exchanges a neat one-two before seeing the ball run away from him on the edge of the box.
    • 31' Jonathan Pitroipa is bundled over on the edge of the box by Airosa but, luckily for him, the flag was up for offside.
    • 29' Traore shows great touch to bring the ball down in the Angola Box, but is unable to fashion a shooting chance.
    • 26' Angola beginning to ratchet up the pressure. Marcos Airosa whips in a delicious cross from the right and Burkina Faso's goalkeeper, Daouda Diakite, under pressure from Manucho, misses the ball completely with his punch.
    • 24' Mateus at the centre of the action again with an impressive driving run down the right, but the quality of his cross is not good enough and Burkina Faso are able to clear.
    • 21' Mateus is penalised by the referee for a foul, and sees yellow.
    • 20' The game is just lacking a bit of fluency at the moment.
    • 19' The ball is whipped in quickly towards Manucho, but he is unable to make contact. Burkina Faso clear but that was as close as Angola have come.
    • 17' Mateus, with his back to goal, does well to win Angola a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
    • 15' The trumpets are blasting out from the stands. This game has the atmosphere the Ivory Coast vs Sudan game lacked earlier.
    • 12' The wall does its job and Angola are able to clear.
    • 11' Burkina Faso playing the better stuff at the moment as Jonathan Pitroipa is fouled on the edge of the box. Chance here with Dagano standing over it.
    • 9' Each side are still feeling the other out here. Neither really settling, or creating any clear opportunities yet. All a bit fast and furious down there.
    • 7' Burkina Faso defender Koffi is booked for a trip.
    • 5' Burkina Faso win a free-kick wide on the right and Traore decides to go direct for goal, but his ambitious effort crashes into the wall.
    • 3' Angola have started the stronger, passing the ball about confidently in the early stages.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 18.55 Angola coach Lito Vidigal: "We play our final friendly against Sierra Leone. I must admit the Nigerians were good (in our warm-up match), but so also Angola. We have only been together for about 11 months and I am impressed also by what we produced against Nigeria.”
    • 18.55 Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte: “Alain Traore is battling with an injury that has dragged on for more than four days. This is unfortunate because it affects his rhythm. I hope he will return close to full fitness soon, and not 50 to 60 percent. The most important thing is for him to continue with training.”
    • 18.50 Hello everyone. Welcome to this Group B match between Burkina Faso and Angola in the AFrican Cup of Nations.
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    Manager: Paulo Duarte

  • Angola

    Manager: Lito Vidigal

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