AFCON 2023: Mali defeat Burkina Faso 2-1, cruise into quarter-final

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The Eagles of Mali on Thursday night zoomed into the quarter-final of the 2023 AFCON after defeating Burkina Faso 2-1 at the Stade Laurient Pokou, Korogho.

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Burkina Faso’s Edmond Tapsoba gave the Eagles a third-minute lead, and Mali had several chances to add to their advantage before half-time.

Lassine Sinayoko scored the second for Mali after slotting the ball in between the legs of goalkeeper Herve Koffi, but Bertrand Traore pulled a goal back for the Stallions from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.

Issoufou Dayo thought he had equalised for the Burkinabe in the final minute, but his header from a free-kick was ruled out for offside and Mali saw out eight minutes of added time.

The Eagles have reached the last eight for the first time since 2013, and Eric Chelle’s side will now face the Ivorians on Saturday (17:00 GMT) for a place in the semi-finals.

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