Africa Cup of Nations - Group A
Equatorial Guinea0Burkina Faso0

Equatorial Guinea 0-0 Burkina Faso

Equatorial Guinea's forward Kike (right) challenges Burkina Faso's defender Mohamed Koffi (centre) and Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore

Burkina Faso were twice denied by the woodwork as they were held by Equatorial Guinea in the first goalless draw of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Alain Traore curled a free-kick against the post on 19 minutes, and 20 minutes later his volley was tipped on to the same upright by keeper Didier Ovono.

The Burkinabe also came close after the break when Jonathan Pitroipa should have converted a far-post cross.

Doualla missed Equatorial's clearest scoring chance when he blazed over.

Having suffered a surprise defeat to Gabon in their opening match, 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso were eager to produce a better display against the tournament hosts in their second Group A game.

And the Stallions carved out the best chances throughout, but a combination of bad luck and woeful finishing has left their tournament fate out of their hands.

Equatorial Guinea might consider themselves fortunate to have collected their second draw from two games, although they had opportunities of their own to have taken all three points.

Equatorial Guinea's midfielder Javier Balboa (right) challenges Burkina Faso's midfielder Charles Kabore
Equatorial Guinea will be happier with the draw, their second of the tournament

That said, the Burkinabe should have built a healthy lead in the opening half.

Although Alain Traore was unfortunate to see two good efforts come back off the woodwork, he also wasted two other good chances with inaccurate finishing.

His brother Bertrand showed similar waywardness in front of goal as Equatorial Guinea somehow escaped with their goal intact.

The hosts also rode their luck when Jonathan Pitroipa's superb run was cynically stopped by Diosdado Mbele, who was shown a yellow card that could easily have been red as he appeared to be the last man in defence.

Seven minutes into the second half Pitroipa contrived to miss the ball when a touch at the post would have broken the deadlock and shortly after Bertrand Traore volleyed over.

With a draw a poor result for the Burkinabe they pushed forward and it began to leave space at the back.

Equatorial Guinea almost exploited it when Javier Balboa played in Doualla but his wild finish was entirely in keeping with the game thus far.

Kike's selfishness, shooting high when his team-mates were well-placed, robbed Equatorial of another chance to snatch the lead.

Burkina's final opportunity fell to Alain Traore but the forward could not find the target, leaving his side without a goal in two games and their tournament hopes having by a thread.

As for Equatorial Guinea, they need to beat Gabon on Sunday in their final group match to ensure their place in the quarter-finals.

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put:

"We had chances, but the same problem, finishing. Unfortunately, we cannot score and that's the problem."

Equatorial Guinea are delighted to have earned their second point of the competition
Equatorial Guinea are delighted to have earned their second point of the competition
A Burkina Faso fan in full costume
A Burkina Faso fan shows his colours but was left feeling blue as the team misfired

Line-ups

Equatorial Guinea

  • 1Ovono
  • 8Iyanga Travieso
  • 5MbeleBooked at 28mins
  • 4Da Gracia Gomes
  • 16Bohale Aqueriaco
  • 21Zarandona Esono
  • 18Ellong
  • 14SenobuaSubstituted forBoladoat 82'minutes
  • 11BalboaSubstituted forFabiani Bosioat 84'minutes
  • 15EdúSubstituted forEdjogo-Owono Montalbánat 71'minutes
  • 10Nsue

Substitutes

  • 2Vázquez Evuy
  • 3Engonga
  • 6Edjogo-Owono Montalbán
  • 7Belima
  • 9Fabiani Bosio
  • 12Bolado
  • 13Embela
  • 17Obama Nsue Ondo
  • 19Briones
  • 20Maye
  • 22Ganet
  • 23Mosibe

Burkina Faso

  • 23Sanou
  • 5Koffi
  • 2Yago
  • 4Koné
  • 9GouoBooked at 22mins
  • 6Kone
  • 18Kaboré
  • 19Traore
  • 10Traoré
  • 11PitroipaSubstituted forNakoulmaat 82'minutes
  • 15Bancé

Substitutes

  • 1Fofana
  • 3Yedan
  • 7Rouamba
  • 8Koulibaly
  • 12Guira
  • 13Bambara
  • 14Balima
  • 16Soulama
  • 20Ouédraogo
  • 21Traore
  • 22Nakoulma
Referee:
Néant Alioum

Match Stats

Home TeamEquatorial GuineaAway TeamBurkina Faso
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Equatorial Guinea 0, Burkina Faso 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Equatorial Guinea 0, Burkina Faso 0.

Charles Kaboré (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Iván Bolado (Equatorial Guinea).

Foul by Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso).

Iván Zarandona (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diosdado Mbele (Equatorial Guinea) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Prejuce Nakoulma (Burkina Faso) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Djakaridja Koné.

Attempt missed. Steeve Yago (Burkina Faso) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Alain Traoré with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burkina Faso. Conceded by Iván Zarandona.

Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles Kaboré.

Offside, Burkina Faso. Bakary Koné tries a through ball, but Alain Traoré is caught offside.

Corner, Equatorial Guinea. Conceded by Mohamed Koffi.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Fabiani replaces Javier Balboa.

Substitution

Substitution, Burkina Faso. Prejuce Nakoulma replaces Jonathan Pitroipa.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Iván Bolado replaces Kike.

Attempt missed. Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Viera Ellong.

Attempt missed. Alain Traoré (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aristide Bancé.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Equatorial Guinea. Conceded by Mohamed Koffi.

Attempt blocked. Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Pitroipa.

Attempt missed. Kike (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javier Balboa following a fast break.

Corner, Burkina Faso. Conceded by Sipo.

Substitution

Substitution, Equatorial Guinea. Juvenal replaces Ibán.

Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iván Zarandona (Equatorial Guinea).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Issa Gouo (Burkina Faso) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Aristide Bancé (Burkina Faso) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alain Traoré.

Foul by Djakaridja Koné (Burkina Faso).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kike (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Viera Ellong.

Foul by Bakary Koné (Burkina Faso).

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Equatorial Guinea. Conceded by Steeve Yago.

Foul by Issa Gouo (Burkina Faso).

Randy (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Equatorial Guinea. Rui Da Gracia tries a through ball, but Emilio Nsue Lopez is caught offside.

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