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Burkina Faso in controversial win over Algeria in World Cup playoff

Published on: 12 October 2013
Bance scored the late penalty

A controversial penalty decision helped Burkina Faso sneak a 3-2 victory over Algeria in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Ouagadougou on Saturday.

Algeria had twice come back from behind and looked set to take a 2-2 draw back to Blida for next month's second leg when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe awarded a late spot-kick to the hosts, penalising Essaid Belkalem for handball.

It looked a harsh decision as Belkalem had his arms folded behind his back and was looking away from the ball, which was struck against him from about five yards away.

Aristide Bance, who had missed a penalty in the first half, stepped up and hit a powerful shot that keeper Rais M'bolhi got a hand to but was unable to keep out.

Algerian players had protested fiercely when the decision was made and there were confrontations between the players immediately after Bance's strike.

The goal changed the face of the tie, which had been tipped in Algeria's favour thanks to their two away goals.

And Burkina Faso will look back with relief, having defended poorly throughout and failed to take their chances at the other end as they clearly missed injured striker Alain Traore.

The first real chance came when Jonathan Pitroipa was felled in the area near the end of the first half and Sikazwe awarded a penalty. But Bance's effort was easily saved by Mbolhi.

Then in first-half stoppage time the hosts did make a chance count when Pitroipa headed in from an unmarked position, continuing his fine form over the past year.

However, Algeria emerged in determined mood after the break and were soon back on level terms when Islam Slimani slipped a pass to Sofiane Feghouli and he cut inside a defender to slot home into the corner.

Soon after, Feghouli missed a good opportunity to put his side ahead when he shot straight at Daouda Diakite - a rare moment of certainty from the Burkinabe keeper who looked shaky throughout.

And instead, Burkina Faso regained the lead thanks to some powerful play from Djakaridja Kone. The midfielder took the ball down on his chest about 25 yards out, pushed the ball past the defender and rifled a low, left-foot shot into the far right corner.

However, the lead lasted only three minutes, the hosts again punished for sloppy defending as Carl Medjani ghosted in to head in and restore parity once more.

It looked like Algeria would go into November's second leg in the ascendancy, until referee Sikazwe's intervention.

And while Bance took the chance to redeem himself, Algeria's players were given a reminder of just how cruel football can be.


This article has 20 comment(s), give your comment
  • mil says:
    October 13, 2013 12:26 pm
    fool how is it possible for four west African countries to qualify when two playing each other??
  • coffie says:
    October 16, 2013 06:40 pm
    noni u see how powerful ghana z now haaa people go die oo ghana 6 egypt 1
  • coffie says:
    October 16, 2013 06:43 pm
    noni u see how powerful ghana team can be so change ur tot ok haaa people go die oo ghana 6 egypt 1
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    October 12, 2013 07:53 pm
    Its gonna be Four west African and one north African sides making it to Brazil. I can't find Ghana among them on my crystal ball. Its over Ghana. Am sorry, I really am.
  • peace says:
    October 12, 2013 07:57 pm
    See them goal is goal ok when Ghana tried to take advantage on you during afcon,you people where scandalized now you want to pretend that cheating is a good thing,anyway only a fool will bet on you in the second leg.
  • bance says:
    October 12, 2013 07:52 pm
    goal is goal...they is nothing controversial abt winning @ this stage.
  • bossman k says:
    October 12, 2013 07:25 pm
    very good game. However, it should have ended in a draw. that handball was not deliberate. Anyways, congrats to Bukina Faso, now go to algeria and finish them off
  • agya says:
    October 12, 2013 07:35 pm
    congrat???for what??this penalty thing is a shame see no burkinabe on facebook is talking about the match they know it's not good at all,the second leg will be massacre
  • spellBOUND says:
    October 12, 2013 08:04 pm
    It was a good game. the panelty was a bit severe. pitriopa is a treat to watch. they should have brought in the kid alain traore earlier. his speed would have helped pin the algeria defence a bit back. bance does not seem like the panelty taker to me. pitroipa or nakoulma can pin point the corners. apart from the algeria #15, i didnt see much from them. they will be better at home with the 2 goals they were able to get today.
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 12, 2013 08:29 pm
    Yoruba APE!!!
  • bossman k says:
    October 12, 2013 09:04 pm
    predicition prediction. i hope you havent forgotten that the bukina team were leading before the algerians equalized. The return leg will be a draw
  • bossman k says:
    October 12, 2013 09:06 pm
    Noni, i suggest you focus on Ethiopia before they surprise you big time.
  • peace says:
    October 12, 2013 09:52 pm
    Leading doesn't mean anything my dear and you know it Algeria was largely dominating the match before this stupid penalty.
  • selfmade says:
    October 12, 2013 10:05 pm
    Burkina is already out of the race!!! This is WC and not afcon!!! History ll repeat itself again!! The big boys ll eventually qualify!!! Burkina is out!!! Algeria ll show them where power lies!!
  • Reef says:
    October 12, 2013 10:41 pm
    Algeria,Ghana,Ivory Coast,Ethiopia,Cameroon Sorry 9ja but the above countries will represent Mama Africa @Brazil
  • Jnr. Fabulous says:
    October 12, 2013 11:09 pm
    i share with u reef.i've said it b4 that nigeria 'll not qlify n it shall come to pass.
  • Dr Who says:
    October 13, 2013 03:31 am
    It's difficult to go to north africa with a only a goal advantage.unless a miracle!!! Algeria will beat them 1-0 in the return leg.....and it will be over for Burkina.
  • ahmed egy says:
    October 13, 2013 09:15 am
    we can know who will go to brazil after first leg but now not and the north teams very easy to win 3-0 home vs any african team i surprised how ghana win 3 -0 vs egypt haaaaaaaaa egypt not Lesotho if they win 1 - 0 its good and second leg egypt 2 - ghana 0
  • ManCarlinton says:
    October 13, 2013 09:26 am
    Ghana will definitely be represented at the worldcup and make meaninful impact by at least reaching the semi final stage and make Africa proud. Enemies and castigaters are not God.
  • Olonka says:
    October 15, 2013 09:28 am
    Every win is a win no matter how its won at this stages so leave Burkina alone and lets plan on how to thrash the Pharoahs by hook or crook.Its tiki taka football today and no mercy for the cripple.Lets kill the game today.