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2013 AFCON Quarter-Final

Result: Burkina Faso 1-0 Togo (aet)

Date: 3 February 2013

Venue: Mbombela Stadium

Burkina Faso struck in extra-time to see off Togo 1-0 in a hard-fought 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday night.

Togo started the game well and should have taken the lead in the 18th minute after a sweeping move but Romao and Ayite both struggled to produce a finish on the bumpy pitch.

Four minutes later Jonathan Pitroipa had a shout for a penalty when he went down in the Togo area but the referee waved play on.

Burkina Faso then showed their potential with crosses into the area as Issouf Ouattara nodded the ball back across goal and just wide of the post.

Emmanuel Adebayor was almost slipped through on goal but Paul Koulibaly had tracked the Tottenham Hotspur man well and poked the ball behind and away from danger.

Wilfried Sanou whipped a brilliant cross in at the other end but somehow Burkina Faso were unable to guide it home as Togo scrambled clear.

Clear-cut chances were hard to come by in the dying minutes of the half as the deadlock remained at the break.

Adebayor thought that he had broken the deadlock two minutes into the second-half but after beating the goalkeeper to the ball in the air, his effort was cleared just before it crossed the line.

Bossou then headed over in the 65th minute before Kossi Segbefia lashed a wild effort off target seven minutes later.

Prejuce Nakoulma then saw a decent penalty shout turned down three minutes later while Nakoulma saw his low cross ping off a couple of players in the area before flying over the bar.

Nakoulma had one more chance to snatch it for Burkina Faso in regulation time but his effort with eight minutes to go went just wide.

There was a feeling that a solitary goal would be enough in extra-time and it proved correct as Pitroipa's persistence was rewarded when his diving header came off the underside of the bar and bounced over the line in the 105th minute.

Togo tried to find an equaliser that would have sent the game to a penalty shootout, but Burkina Faso stood firm to book a date with Ghana in the semi-finals.

Burkina Faso: Daouda Diakite, Mohamed Koffi, Bakary Kone, Paul Koulibaly, Mady Panandetiguiri, Djakaridja Kone, Issoef Ouattara, Charles Kabore, Moumouni Dagano, Wilfried Sanou, Jonathan Pitroipa.

Togo: Kossi Agassa, Mamah Gaffar, Dare Nibombe, Vincent Bossou, Dakonam Djene, Serge Akakpo, Komlan Amewou, Alaixys Romao, Serge Gakpe, Floyd Ayite, Emmanuel Adebayor.

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