CAN: 10-man Gabon suffer grueling shootout loss to Burkina Faso in thrilling round of 16 clash

Burkina Faso 1-1 Gabon AET (7-6 pens): 10-man Panthers suffer grueling shootout loss after Bruno Ecuele Manga’s last-gasp equalizer forced into extra time in AFCON Round of 16

  • Burkina Faso defeated Gabon in extremely dramatic circumstances on Sunday
  • Kamou Malo’s side won 7-6 on penalties in the first game of the CAN Round of 16 in Limbe
  • Striker Bertrand Traoré missed a penalty but then gave Burkina Faso the lead
  • Gabon sent off Sidney Obissa but forced a timeout leveler via an OG
  • Gabon goalkeeper Jean-Noël Amonome was heroic but couldn’t prevent defeat
  • Follow the link to see the AFCON group stage tables – how all six finished











Burkina Faso withstood brave action from Gabon’s 10-man full-back to advance to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 7-6 victory on penalties after a 1-0 draw. -1 in their Round of 16 match in Limbe on Sunday.

Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the decisive spot-kick to ensure they are the first team in the last eight after an incident-packed and energy-sapping clash.

After Burkina Faso skipper Bertrand Traore scored early, 10-man Gabon took the game into extra time after a spectacular last-minute equaliser.

Burkina Faso beat Gabon 7-6 on penalties after extra time in their AFCON Round of 16 clash

Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the winning penalty to send Kamou Malo's side into the quarters

Ismahila Ouedraogo scored the winning penalty to send Kamou Malo’s side into the quarters

Burkina Faso won a penalty 18 minutes after Issa Kabore (r) was fouled by Sidney Obissa (l)

Burkina Faso won a penalty 18 minutes after Issa Kabore (r) was fouled by Sidney Obissa (l)

Gabonese centre-half Obissa (pictured) was booked by Redouane Jiyed for the awkward challenge

Gabonese centre-half Obissa (pictured) was booked by Redouane Jiyed for the awkward challenge

But star man Bertrand Traore broke the resulting kick against the crossbar and more

But star man Bertrand Traore broke the resulting kick against the crossbar and more

But Aston Villa striker Traoré (third from right) slid the ball home from Dango Ouattara's fine ball

But Aston Villa striker Traoré (third from right) slid the ball home from Dango Ouattara’s fine ball

The Burkina Faso talisman ran on billboards and celebrated with his country's fans

The Burkina Faso talisman ran on billboards and celebrated with his country’s fans

But in the end, the Burkinabe kept their composure in a dramatic firefight to advance. They will face either Nigeria or Tunisia, who will meet later on Sunday.

The first goal came after Traore ran in on a defensive pass from teenager Dango Ouattara to strike home with a left-footed effort from outside the penalty area in the 28th minute as he beat the Gabonese defense and the goalkeeper in a hurry, with his effort to sneak off the post.

It made up for a penalty that Traore had wasted around 11 minutes earlier when he crushed his effort against the crossbar – the ninth failed penalty attempt at the tournament in Cameroon.

Gabon striker Aaron Boupendza (pictured left) was disallowed a goal for marginal offside

Gabon striker Aaron Boupendza (pictured left) was disallowed a goal for marginal offside

Gabon's Andre Poko was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a lunge on Adama Guira (above)

Gabon’s Andre Poko was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a lunge on Adama Guira (above)

Obissa (out of the shot) rightly received a second yellow card and sent off for a takedown

Obissa (out of the shot) rightly received a second yellow card and sent off for a takedown

The penalty was conceded by Gabonese centre-back Sidney Obissa, who picked up a second 67th-minute caution for holding off an attacker and was sent off, leaving Gabon to finish nearly half of the extended game until 10 .

Traore continually threatened on the counter-attack and Ouattara also had chances on the break as Gabon were often caught as they tried to press forward in search of an equaliser.

Gabon striker Boupendza had the ball in the net four minutes before half-time but was slightly offside.

The scintillating Traore was sandwiched by two Gabonese defenders (pictured above)

The scintillating Traore was sandwiched by two Gabonese defenders (pictured above)

Former Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga (No 5) forces an own goal from Adama Guira (r)

Former Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga (No 5) forces an own goal from Adama Guira (r)

Gabon goalkeeper Jean-Noël Amonome also blocked a close effort from Blati Touré and Adama Guira in the action-packed final 10 minutes.

Gabonese captain Bruno Ecuele Manga struck with a late equaliser, perfectly timing his run into the penalty area to power his header home and save his side from impending defeat.

The game ended in a penalty shootout and it took 18 penalties to settle the shootout, with both teams squandering their chances of winning before substitute Ouedraogo netted the winner.

Several players found themselves lying on the grass in sweltering conditions, close to 30 degrees

Several players found themselves lying on the grass in sweltering conditions, close to 30 degrees

Burkina Faso fans helped create a wonderful atmosphere inside Limbe stadium

Burkina Faso fans helped create a wonderful atmosphere inside Limbe stadium

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