Bance Penalty Seals Late Win
12 October 2013
Burkina Faso won a highly entertaining and controversial World Cup qualifier 3-2 thanks to a late Aristide Bancé penalty against a very impressive Algeria outfit who twice came from behind, and will feel unlucky to have lost.
Burkina Faso came into this first round qualifier against much fancied Algeria side looking to book a place on the plane to Brazil next year, and competing in football’s biggest spectacle for the first time.
The home side showed their intent from the first whistle and did most of the attacking in the first half of this first leg World Cup qualifier at the Stade du 4-Aout in Ouagadougou.
Burkina Faso was however dealt an early blow when experienced defender Bakary Kone had to be substituted because of an injury, and was replaced by the 20-year old Steeve Yago.
The hosts put their Algerian visitors under pressure and striker Aristide Bancé was a real thorn in their side, with a few attempts from outside the box.
Playing in sweltering heat in Ouagadougou, both teams were brave and looked to attack their opponents resulting in an open five-goal thriller.
Jonathan Pitroipa who was the home side’s most impressive player in the first-half, won his team a penalty in the 42nd minute after a Belkalem tackle in the box.
Striker Bance stepped up to take it, but his weak penalty was easily saved by Algerian shot-stopper M’bolhi to his left keeping the game goalless.
Pitroipa did save Bance’s blushes soon after though, making a smart run ahead of M’bolhi and heading home to give Burkina Faso a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half-time.
Algerian attacker Sofiane Feghouli who looked impressive throughout the match grabs the equaliser five minutes into the second-half.
The visitors then almost struck again two minutes later but Soudani could not slot the ball past an oncoming Burkina Faso’s goalkeeper Diakite.
Djakaridja Kone then grabbed the lead for the host’s once more against the run of play as the Algerian outfit was starting to look more in control, beating a player and slotting into the bottom corner for second international goal.
Algeria responded almost immediately when Carl Medjani got onto the end of a corner and headed home to give the visitors another equaliser and a vital second away goal in the 68th minute.
Both teams did push forward in search of another goal and this first leg World Cup qualifier could have gone either way, but Bance held his nerve to slot home his second penalty of the night to give Burkino Faso the advantage going into the second leg.
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