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Host Nation In Another Stalemate

2015 African Cup of Nations

Group A

Full Time: Equatorial Guinea 0-0 Burkina Faso

Date: 21 January 2015

Venue: Bata Stadium

Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso played to a goalless stalemate in their second 2015 African Cup of Nations, Group A match at the Bata Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw is the host nations second in the tournament while Burkina Faso picked up their first point.

It was an extremely cagey start to the game with both sides defending deep which resulted in very few chances in front of goal.

The first decent shot on goal came in the 19th minute when a 24-yard free-kick from Burkina Faso’s Alain Traore struck the left-hand post.

Ten minutes later Equatorial had their first threatening shot on goal and it also came from a free-kick on the left-side of the 18-yard box which saw Ivan Bolado Palacios curl a shot goalwards, but the keeper produced a good diving save.

On the half hour mark Burkina Faso fashioned another shooting chance from a 25-yard free-kick, but Aristide Bance saw his thunderbolt beaten away by the keeper.

Two minutes later the host nation almost scored on the counter-attack when Armando Sipoto Bohale broke behind the Burkina Faso defence, but failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.

In the 39th minute the action moved to the other end of the park when Alain Traore met a deep ball into the box from the right with a fine 14-yard volley, but the Equatorial Guinea keeper produced a good save, touching his rasping effort onto the post.

The half ended 0-0.

Burkina Faso started the better of the two sides in the second half and Alain Traore again came close with another 16-yard volley which skimmed the wrong side of the post in the 54th minute.

Two minutes later a great driving run from Javier Balboa saw him beating three defenders before playing Ellong Doualla Viera into space inside the box, but the Equatorial Guinea man skewed his shot wide from 14-yards out.

In the 73rd minute Enrique Boula Senobua broke forward for the host nation again, beating two defenders before firing wide from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later a swift passing move saw Alain Traore in space again inside the Equatorial Guinea box, but his 12-yard snap shot went agonisingly wide.

It was a frantic final ten minutes, but neither side could find a winner.

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