Burkina Faso beat Ghana to take third place – Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Third-place playoff

Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana

Alain Traore’s excellent late free kick gave Burkina Faso a 1-0 victory over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off.

Ghana were looking to overcome the disappointment of another tournament that almost delivered glory, and as the half progressed, they had good chances through Jordan Ayew and Bernard Tekpetey.

However, they were vulnerable on the break and almost conceded when Prejuce Nakoulma surged down the left before dragging his shot wide.

In the second half, Ghana continued to add on pressure and go close with Tekpetey and Jordan Ayew, but Burkino Faso clung on in defence, riding their luck but occasionally threating on the break.

With the game looking set for penalties, Traore rifled a curling free kick from a tight angle into the top corner to give his side a dramatic, impressive win.

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