Big win for Burk­ina Faso

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NEL­SPRUIT — Burk­ina Faso, re­duced to 10 men for the last half hour, ended a run of 17 matches and 15 years with­out an Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nals win by beat­ing Ethiopia 4-0 to go top of Group C yes­ter­day.

The un­fan­cied west Africans won with two stun­ning left-foot strikes from Alain Traore and goals from Djakaridja Kone and Jonathan Pitroipa.

They took all three points de­spite hav­ing goal­keeper Ab­doulaye Soulama sent off for a care­less hand­ball out­side his penalty area af­ter an hour.

Burk­ina Faso have four points from two games, ahead of hold­ers Zam­bia and Nigeria, who both have two fol­low­ing their ear­lier 1-1 draw. Ethiopia are bot­tom with one.

Traore opened the scor­ing af­ter 34 min­utes and hit an unstoppable sec­ond 16 min­utes from time. Kone slid the ball in af­ter a good move on 79 min­utes and Pitroipa struck in stop­page time as Burk­ina Faso won a fi­nals match for the first time since 1998 when they hosted the event.

The game was dis­rupted briefly when a man ran on to the pitch in his un­der­pants be­fore be­ing in­ter­cepted by of­fi­cials and bun­dled away. — Reuters.

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