The African Cup of this year 2013 and has final: Nigeria – Burkina Faso. One end unprecedented in the history of this competition, and not from Nigeria who has come to the final six times, winning twice, but by Burkina Faso, which never in its history had come so far. So, the Colts are the surprise team of the tournament, with all of the law.
The two semi-finals contested on Wednesday were very different. The first, which pitted Nigeria and Mali, had little history. Although there were clearly superior at stake, Flying Eagles swept their opponents in the first half, and they went into halftime with a score of 0-3 in their favor. Victor Moses, Ideye and Emenike scored the goals for Nigeria, Mali punchier than failed chances he had in the first few minutes.
With the game already decided, Mali turned to attack with nothing to lose, and ended up conceding the fourth goal, the work of Musa. But yes, Mali had several occasions during the second 45 minutes and managed to score the consolation goal in the 74th minute through Diarra.
The other semifinal, between Ghana and Burkina Faso, they were much tighter, and especially controversial, especially to Burkina Faso because all important decisions are taken against the referee. They awarded a dubious penalty against them annulled a goal and drew a penalty not clear, which ended with the expulsion of its star, Pitroipa, for protesting, and this last in overtime no less.
An extension to that arrived after the tie to 1 at the end of the 90 minutes regulatory goals from Wakaso by Ghana (13th minute) and Bance by Burkina Faso (60th minute). The extension also ended goalless, as we have told you, so everything was resolved from the penalty spot. There, luck did smile at the Colts and the failures of three Ghanaian players take them directly to their first final.
An end as already discussed unpublished, although a previous close, the match played on the opening day of the first phase, which ended in a draw at 1. On Sunday, February 10 , starting at 19:00 hours here in Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg again witness a grand final and crown the new king of Africa.