Burkina 0 - 0 Zambia

Match info: Africa Cup of Nations - Group C at Mbombela Stadium

Date: 29/01/2013 KO: 17:00 Ref: Neant Alioum Att: 8,000

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  • And that's it! Zambia's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations adventure is over, with the defending champions handed an early exit. It's jubilation for Burkina Faso, who are through to the quarter-finals! It hasn't exactly been a classic, but the Burkinabes won't care how they did it, just that they did. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your week. Cheers all!

  • Stophira Sunzu leaves Zambia hearts in mouths as he finds himself with space to shoot inside the area, but a rush of blood to the head seems him blaze the ball well wide of the mark.

  • This isn't what Zambia needed as Bakary Kone takes a blow to the face and is now bleeding. Burkina Faso further eat down the time as Abdoul Razack Traore comes on for Jonathan Pitroipa.

  • Meanwhile, there will be four minutes of added time, of which we've already have one.

  • Best chance of the whole game now as Burkina Faso break down the wing before the ball is slid across the face of goal, but Jonathan Pitroipa just can't get a toe on the ball and Kennedy Mweene gratefully gathers.

  • We're into the final minute of normal time now and Zambia's title defence is slipping further away.

  • The free-kick is laid across the face of goal and although the initial shot is blocked the deflection causes havoc in the Burkina Faso area, but no one in a Zambia shirt can get a touch to the ball and the defenders can gratefully clear.

  • Great chance for Zambia to snatch something now as Collins Mbesuma wins a free-kick right on the edge of the area after coming inside from the wing...

  • News of the night's other result filters into the stadium, ushering a rise in volume in the stadium as the Zambia fans, who outnumber the Burkinabes' 3:1, urge their side on to what would be a invaluable goal.

  • Final throw of the dice for Zambia now as Chisamba Lungu makes way for Jonas Sakuwaha.

  • Massive news in the night's other Group C match as Nigeria take the lead from the penalty spot against Ethiopia. That means if this game stays level, the Super Eagles and Burkina Faso are through to the quarter-finals, meaning Zambia now have to score, or their title defence is over.

  • A rare chance for Burkina Faso to attack in this half as they win another corner, but it's straight at Mweene who doesn't have any trouble collecting that.

  • Saidou Panandetiguiri looks at the referee expecting to see a second yellow card shown his way after dragging his man to ground, but the defender's let off the hook this time as it's only a free-kick that is given.

  • Rainford Kalaba works himself a shooting opportunity after cutting inside from the wing, but he gets his shot horribly wrong and blazes the ball well over the crossbar.

  • Zambia are really in the ascendancy now, although they're relying too heavily on balls into the area, and to be honest they haven't exactly been effective in the air this evening.

  • Another chance from a set-piece for the Copper Bullets now, which Rainford Kalaba puts in, but Kone shows a good header to send the ball well clear.

  • A booking for Burkina Faso now as Saidou Panandetiguiri is show a yellow card for kicking the ball away. A little early for time-wasting tactics, although every second counts when a place inthe quarter--finals is on the line.

  • Zambia have seen plenty of the ball in this half, and the press again through the middle of the field, but a clumsy foul while in attack halts play as the Burkinabes win a free-kick.

  • Zambia now have a free-kick in a good position out wide, which Rainford Kalaba curls in nicely, but Aristide Bance shows some good defensive prowess as he just gets there first to head clear.

  • Mayuka runs into the area to get onto the end of a nice through-ball but can only win his side a corner, which is played short and wasted as the Burkinabes win back possession.


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