Nigeria, Burkina Faso Reach Africa Cup of Nations SemifinalsPeter-Joseph Hegarty
Nigeria upset tournament favorite Ivory Coast 2-1 and Burkina Faso beat Togo 1-0 after extra time to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations soccer semifinals.
Sunday Mba got Nigeria’s winning goal yesterday with a deflected shot in Rustenburg, South Africa, after Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote had made it 1-1 following Emmanuel Emenike’s opener three minutes before halftime.
Jonathan Pitroipa headed in the only goal after 105 minutes in Nelspruit to lift Burkina Faso past Togo and into a semifinal against Ghana in two days. Nigeria will play Mali the same day for a place in the Feb. 10 final in Johannesburg.