Burkina Faso into second round after draw with Ethiopia

Ethiopia's defender Aschalew Tamene (C) heads the ball during the Group A Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia at Stade de Kouekong in Bafoussam on January 17, 2022.


Burkina Faso secured a place in the knockout stage at the Africa Cup of Nations after Cyrille Bayala’s first half goal helped them to an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Ethiopia and second place in Group A at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam on Monday.

Bayala netted midway through the opening period but his goal was cancelled out by an 82nd penalty by Ethiopia striker Getaneh Kebede that earned his side their only point of the tournament.

Ethiopia's midfielder Amanuel Yohannes (C-L) fights for the ball with Burkina Faso's forward Cyrille Bayala (C-R) during the Group A Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia at Stade de Kouekong in Bafoussam on January 17, 2022. 


Hosts Cameroon are top with seven points followed on four by Burkina Faso, who edged Cape Verde Islands into third spot on the head-to-head rule.

The latter now face an anxious wait to see if they one of the four best third-placed sides to advance.

Ethiopia are eliminated but will be pleased with a much better defensive performance, while 2013 finalists Burkina Faso have a lot to improve if they are to go deep in the tournament.

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