Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso: Africa Cup of Nations Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Africa Cup of Nations: Group C
Fulltime: Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 1
Goals: Emenike 23, Alain Traore 90+4
Nigeria: Enyeama, Echiejile, Yobo, Oboabona, Ambrose, Ogude, Mikel, Igiebor, Ideye, Emenike, Musa. Subs: Agbim, Obiorah, Egwueke, Moses, Gabriel, Uche, Onazi, Uzoenyi, Mba, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Ejide.
Burkina Faso: Soulama, Bakary Kone, Keba Paul Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri, Koffi, Djakaridja Kone, Pitroipa, Rouamba, Dah, Bance, Dagano. Subs: Diakite, Henri Traore, Alain Traore, Ouattara, Balima, Rabo, Kabore, Pan-Pierre Koulibaly, Wilfried Sanou, Abdou Razak Traore, Nakoulma, Germain Sanou.
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)
Alain Traore scored with just seconds remaining to earn Burkina Faso a point in their opening Group C encounter with Nigeria.
The Nigerians had taken a 23rd-minute lead through Emmanuel Emenike but were guilty of missing a host of chances to seal the victory throughout the match.
Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose was dismissed with 15 minutes remaining for a second bookable offense. The Celtic player had been booked in the first half for a trip on Aristide Bance but saw red when he pulled back Jonathan Pitroipa.
Burkina Faso threw caution to the wind in the closing stages and Traore slammed home the late equalizer from a Pitroipa cutback.
90+4: The final whistle blows and Burkina Faso celebrate a deserved point while Nigeria are left to rue a series of missed chances.
90+4: GOAL! Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 1
A deserved equalizer arrives with just seconds of the game left. Pitroipa races into the right-hand side of the area and pulls the ball back. The ball is too far ahead of Wilfried Sanou but Nigeria fail to clear and Traore fires home the leveler.
90: Koffi drive from 20 yards troubles only the stewards and fans behind Nigerian goal.
88: John Obi Mikel fires high over the crossbar in another spurned chance to seal victory for Nigeria.
82: Substitution. Abdou Traore comes on for Rouamba. Burkina Faso now have at least five attacking players on the field. They're going for it!
81: Uche races inside the area from the left flank but fires high and wide with another wasteful Nigerian attempt.
79: Can Burkina Faso take advantage of 10-man Nigeria now? They have threatened very little so far but are creeping back into this game.
75: Red card! Nigeria's Efe Ambrose dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Jonathan Pitroipa.
72: Nosa Igiebor produces a crude challenge on Rouamba of Burkina Faso to leave midfielder writhing in agony.
70: Substitution. Ogude is replaced by Ogenyo Onazi.
65: Substitution. Alain Traore comes on to replace Aristide Bance for Burkina Faso, moments before Uche blazes over from six yards out for Nigeria.
62: Swift counter attack sees Dagano find space inside the area, but Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama tips the ball around his post.
57: Substitution. Goalscorer Emenike is withdrawn in favour of Ikechukwu Uche moments after Mohamed Koffi is cautioned for a pointless foul on Ideye Brown.
55: Ideye Brown beats the Burkina Faso offside trap but keeper Abdoulaye Soulama is quick to see the danger. But stop-start nature of the game is becoming frustrating to watch.
49: Burkina Faso striker Dagano, bizarrely, connects with his shoulder instead of his head from a dangerous cross and misses completely.
46: Underway again.
Halftime: Nigeria 1 (Emenike 23) Burkina Faso 0
Emmanuel Emenike's 23rd-minute strike gives Nigeria a halftime lead over Burkina Faso in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigerians deserve the advantage but Burkina Faso have shown some neat touches in midfield but without threatening.
44: Musa races toward the area alongside Ideye Brown but Burkina Faso defense are swift to close down the opportunity.
Nigeria 1 (Emenike 23) Burkina Faso 0
38: Burkina Faso still not supplying much threat up front but some of their midfield play has shown some neat touches. Are they starting to find their feet in the game?
30: Penalty or not? From a Koffi throw-in, a deflection hits Nigeria defender Echiejile on the arm. Referee gives free-kick but a spot-kick could easily have been given.
23: GOAL! Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 0 Ideye Brown's delightful flick lays the ball into the path of Emmanuel Emenike to bundle home the opener for the Super Eagles.
15: Nigeria looking pretty comfortable on the ball so far and little to trouble them in defense. Ideye Brown too far under a cross to make a proper connection but he's finding space regularly inside the Burkina Faso area.
12: Ideye Brown fails to connect fully with a great Musa cross.
9: Bacary Kone appears to bring down Ideye Brown of Nigeria but no penalty given.
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