MATCH CENTRE

SAT 04 FEBRUARY 2017, 21:00, OUAGADOUGOU

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VS
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Ghana settle for fourth place

by BackPageTXT

Sat February 04, 23:09

The Black Stars of Ghana have failed to finish at number three as they lost 1-0 to Burkina Faso in the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations third/fourth place match at Stade Port-Gentil on Saturday night.

Following the disappointing loss, Avram Grant's charges now finish without the bronze medal. For Paulo Duarte's men, Alain Traore's late strike ensured they claimed a third-place finish.

Ghana had a bright start in the first five minutes and Agyemang Badu missed a header from close range after a great cross from the left, as the Burkinabe were still asleep.

Despite Stallions' failure to ignite in the opening stages of the encounter, it was Alain Traore who tried a long curling shot from a set piece in the 13th minute, but goalkeeper Richard Ofori collected with ease.

Four minutes later, Paulo Duarte' men took another shot through Aristide Bance as he beat his man, but his shot went wide.

The Ghanaians were awarded their first corner in the 26th minute and the ball fell for Thomas Tekpetey in the box: he hit the upright and Kouakou Koffi managed to punch the rebound away from danger.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Prejuce Nakoulma produced a great run, beating three defenders in the box, but his final shot was disappointing as it went wide from the right of Ofori's posts.

It was 0-0 at the interval.

With one minute to the hour mark, Jordan Ayew delivered a brilliant set piece from the right wing into the box, only for Tekpetey to see his strong header going inches over the crossbar.

In the last 12 minutes, the match opened up as Ofori produced a sweet save to deny Cyrille Bayala resulting from a brilliant counter attack. The keeper parried the shot away and the rebound was off target by Alain Traore.

However, with two minutes to go, Traore produced a fantastic finish from a set piece on the right flank. He curled his shot to the far corner, beating Ofori.

In the last minute, Jonathan Mensah pushed forward to pull one back for Avram Grant's men, but was denied by keeper Koffi, who punched the ball to concede a corner.

Ghana 0
Burkina Faso (0) 1 (A. Traore 88')

Ghana: R. Ofori, Yiadom, Menash, Partey, Badu, J. Ayew (Atsu 74'), Tekpetey (A. Ayew 69'), E. Ofori, Amartey, Tetteh (Gyan 64'), Afful

Burkina Faso: Koffi, Yago, B. Kone, Nakoulma, S. Traore. Dayo, Bance (Cyrille 73'), Kabore, B. Traore, Yacouba (Malo 83'), I. Traore,

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF OUAGADOUGOU
BURKINA FASO GOALS GHANA GOALS
10. Alain Traore (88')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
BURKINA FASO STARTING LINEUP GHANA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
12
Defender
4
Defender
2
Defender
14
Defender
18
Defender
2
Defender
23
Defender
83'
20
Defender
69'
4
Midfielder
88'
10
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
22
8
Midfielder
87'
18
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
73'
15
Forward/Striker
74'
9
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
64'
20
SUBSTITUTIONS
Cyrille Bayala
Forward/Striker
73'
21
Asamoah Gyan
Forward/Striker
64'
3
Patrick Malo
Defender
83'
5
Andre Ayew
Forward/Striker
69'
10
Adama Guira
Midfielder
87'
12
Christian Atsu
Midfielder
74'
7
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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