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Villa Men Through to Quarter Finals - AFCON Round of 16 Review

The two games shared many similarities, both being won by penalty shootout, and both being tight games. The Villa lad's made appearances, to get themselves through to the quarter finals. Traore started and scored his country's only goal in regular time, whilst Trezeguet came off the bench. Traore was substituted late into the game with exhaustion, having to be stretchered off the pitch.

Burkina Faso 1- 1 Gabon (7-6 Penalties)

As the old cliché goes '90 minutes couldn't separate these teams', and this was certainly true in this fixture. It even took 20 penalties in the shootout to get the game to its conclusion. It was a rough affair with both sides committing a combined 60 fouls, and receiving 13 yellow cards. Traore hit an 18th minute penalty off the bar, but followed up with a goal 10 minutes later. Burkina Faso failed to put the game to bed and conceded an own goal in the 91st minute.

This game made it clear to see how central Traore is to the Burkinian national team. He scored their only goal of the game, and was involved heavily in their attacking output, and would have been disappointed to not have scored more than once. Especially after sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, but hitting the bar in his penalty. Unusually for Traore he did not see out the full game being substituted in the 81st minute, having looked tired late in to the game, and eventually staying down after a fantastic forward run.

Traore Player Rating - 7.5

Next Game - 29 January. Tunisia

Tunisia will be coming off a shock win against Nigeria, a team with strong momentum that many considered favourites. Tunisia went into the game having lost twice in the group stage. They've also suffered badly with Covid-19 cases, with their coach and a number of players testing positive. The game featured a red card, as did 4 of the 7 other games in the round of 16.

Egypt 0-0 Ivory Coast (7-6 Penalties)

Egypt survived a constant attacking onslaught throughout the game, often sitting back and looking for chances on the counter-attack. It was a surprise that neither team could find the net in the first 120 minutes. Salah scored the winning penalty in the shootout, after Man United defender Eric Bailly had his penalty saved.

Trezeguet yet again made an appearance off the bench, but due to the games extended run he played for 49 minutes. He also got stuck in well defensively, due to late attacks from the Ivorian side. Trezeguet had some good attacking chances, missing from a tight spot. Trezeguet did not take a penalty in the shootout. Perhaps his most impactful game of the tournament so far, hopefully this will see him off the bench and back into the starting line-up.

Trézéguet Match Rating-7

Next Game - 30 January. Morocco

Morocco came from 1-0 down to beat Malawi in their round of 16 clash. The game saw two sensational goals from either side including the winner, a free kick from 25 yards out that flew into the top corner. Morocco dominated the ball at times, having 75% possession, this may suit Egypt who have preferred counter attacking football so far in the tournament, despite the complaints of some fans. The Moroccan team boasts PSG right-back Hakimi, and Sevilla duo En-Nesyri, and goalkeeper Bono. Egypt will be hoping to stop Morocco's unbeaten run in the competition so far.

Next Games:

Round Of 16

Burkina Faso


Sat 29 Jan. 7pm. Tunisia

Sun 30 Jan. 3pm. Morocco

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