Ethiopia are in dire straits in Africa Cup of Nations, while Burkina Faso can guarantee a place in the knockout stage of the competition with a draw in their final match. Abdouleye Soulama, Burkina Faso's goalkeeper, was sent off in the second half for deliberately handling the ball outside of the box, but it didn't hurt them at all. They scored twice after the sending off, cruising to a 3-0 win.
Adane Girma and Asrat Megersa, Ethiopia's starting central midfielders, both had to be removed due to injury in the first half of the match. Girma's substitution came in the 11th minute, and Ethiopia never appeared to stand a chance of establishing a rhythm after his exit. Alain Traore scored the opening goal in the 34th minute, punching in a cross by Charles Kabore just one minute after he had a shot cleared off the line, and Burkina Faso entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Soulama's sending off opened up the game considerably, but that certainly didn't help Ethiopia. Traore scored his second of the game with a thunderous shot from outside the box in the 74th minute. In the 79th minute, Djakaridja Kone finished off a counter-attack to make it 3-0 and pile on the misery.