Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Burkina Faso Eliminates Ghana In A Tense, Controversial Encounter: Photo News

What They Have To Say After:

"The refereeing decisions were scandalous. We've lost Jonathan Pitroipa now for the final. He's very important to us, but we are 23 players and it's up to the technical staff to devise tactics to beat Nigeria without him and [the injured] Alain Traore." .......Paul Pit, Burkina Faso Head Coach

"The referee is human, all humans make mistakes, but he happened to make too many tonight. But we are not going to duel on that. We've qualified.".......Charles Kabore, Burkina Faso Captain

"We came here to win [but] the better side won on penalties. We're all really sad now. That's normal. we're down, but we have to psyche ourselves up now for the third place play-off with Mali.".......Asamoah Gyan, Ghana Captain

Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite, leads the celebrations after saving the decisive penalty in the shootout. Image: Ian Walton/Getty

Ghana's Wakaso Mubarak (R) celebrates via penalty kick against Burkina Faso during the semi final match of the Nations Cup at the Mbombela Sports Stadium, Nelspruit Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Image: Getty

Ghana's Wakaso Mubarak slams in the opening goal from the penalty box to give Ghana the lead against Burkina Faso. Ian walty/Getty Images

Burkina Faso celebrates victory after penalty shoot-out with Ghana at the Mbombela Sports Stadium. Image: AFP.

The celebration begins. Burkina Faso hands tournament favorite Ghana a stunning defeat despite controversial calls. Image: Ian Hughes/BBC Sport.

Burkina Faso players argue with Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi on his controversial call that ejected midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa for diving when he tripped during the semi-final encounter with Ghana at the Mbombela Sports Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa on Tuesday, February 6, 2013. Jdidi has been suspended as a result in the wake of strong criticism by the press.
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