Mali Secures Quarter-Final Clash with Ivory Coast After Victory Over Burkina Faso

In a thrilling match at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Mali triumphed over Burkina Faso, securing a spot in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast. The game started with Mali taking an early lead through an own goal by Edmond Tapsoba in the third minute.

Despite several chances, it wasn’t until the second half that Lassine Sinayoko extended Mali’s lead to 2-0. However, Burkina Faso fought back, with Bertrand Traore scoring from a penalty just before the hour mark.

The game was tense until the final whistle, with Issoufou Dayo’s potential equalizer ruled out for offside in added time. Mali’s victory marks their first quarter-final appearance since 2013, showcasing their resurgence in the tournament.

Both teams had rested players for the match, setting the stage for a high-stakes West African derby. Mali dominated early on, with Amadou Haidara’s header leading to Tapsoba’s own goal.

Despite Mali’s dominance, Burkina Faso showed resilience, but ultimately fell short. Mali’s victory sets up an exciting clash with Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals, promising an intense battle for a spot in the semi-finals.

This update was provided with insights from BBC’s coverage of AFCON 2023.

Source : BBC

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