Mali Beat Burkina Faso To Reach AFCON Quarter-Finals

Mali will now play against a revitalized Côte d'Ivoire team in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Bouake.

Mali's Lassine Sinayoko celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the African Cup of Nations round of 16 soccer match between Mali and Burkina Faso, at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly stadium in Korhogo, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Femi Onasanya By Femi Onasanya - Sports Reporter
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The Eagles of Mali have advanced to the quarter-finals of AFCON 2023 after defeating Burkina Faso with a score of 2-1 on Tuesday.

This is the first time since 2013 that Mali has reached the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The Malians had a strong start with an own goal by Edmond Tapsoba in the 3rd minute.

In the second half, Mali extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Lassine Sinayoko three minutes into the half.

In the 57th minute, Burkina Faso scored a goal as Bertrand Traore successfully converted a penalty kick.

Mali will now play against a revitalized Côte d’Ivoire team in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Bouake.

Despite their underwhelming performance in the group stage, the Ivorians managed to eliminate Senegal in a penalty shootout.

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