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Burkina Faso Beats Ghana in Shootout in Africa Cup Soccer Semi

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Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Burkina Faso defeated Ghana 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the Africa Cup of Nations soccer final for the first time.

Ghana put two attempts wide in the shootout and Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite stopped a third try in Nelspruit, South Africa. Burkina Faso will play Nigeria, which defeated Mali 4-1 earlier today, in the Feb. 10 title match in Johannesburg.

The game went to the shootout after finishing tied 1-1. Wakaso Mubarak scored with a penalty kick in the first half for Ghana and Aristide Bance tied the game for Burkina Faso in the second half. Burkina Faso finished the game with 10 men after Jonathan Pitroipa received his second yellow card in extra time.

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