A timely substitution and a stroke of luck helped Burkina Faso to a 2-0 triumph over Tunisia Saturday in the first Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final. Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte introduced giant striker Aristide Bance on 76 minutes as a tight, physical last-eight clash seemed destined for extra time.
Within five minutes Bance broke the deadlock in Libreville by slamming the ball into the net after a free-kick was pushed into his path just outside the box. However, big-screen replays suggested the set-piece should not have been awarded with the ball hitting the chest of Mohamed Ali Yakoubi, not his right hand.
Prejuce Nakoulma doubled the lead on 84 minutes through a breakaway goal to clinch a semi-final against Egypt or Morocco at the same venue next Wednesday. Success maintained a 100 percent Burkinabe record in Cup of Nations quarter-finals having beaten Tunisia (1998) and Togo (2013).