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Africa Cup of Nations 2013 semifinals: Nigeria and Burkina Faso will meet in the final

Nigeria are through to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations after absolutely destroying Mali. Next up, underdogs Burkina Faso who defeated Ghana 3-2 on penalties.

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Balance and technique drive Nigeria forward

Nigeria's qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations has been achieved through simple, but nonetheless brave means.


Burkina Faso down Ghana 3-2 on penalties

Burkina Faso advanced to the Africa Cup of Nations final with a 3-2 win on penalties. Both sides had tons of chances throughout the 120 minutes of play to get the winner, but no one could break through.


Burkina Faso and Ghana head to extra time tied 1-1

90 minutes wasn't enough for Burkina Faso and Ghana to decide who would book a spot in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria. So we'll head to extra time and if necessary, penalties.

Ghana went ahead in the 12th minute after being gifted a penalty by referee Slim Jdidi. Saidou Panandetiguiri "fouled" Christian Atsu on the right side of the Burkina Faso box, making some contact with his arm across Atsu's chest. The Ghanaian midfielder made the most of it and the referee pointed the spot. Mubarak Wakaso stepped up and beat Daouda Diakite to put Ghana up 1-0.

Burkina Faso equalized in the 59th minute after Florent Rouamba went shoulder to shoulder with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the midfield, knocking him off the ball. Charles Kaboré picked up the lose ball and found Bancé and his amazing hair at the top of the box. The striker took his time and placed the ball inside the far post.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan missed two glorious chances during regular time to put the game away for his side.


Nigeria demolish Mali 4-1, advance to final

A first-half goal flurry from the Super Eagles ensured their place in the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. They'll meet either Ghana or Burkina Faso on Sunday.


Mali vs. Nigeria: Lineups

Mali and Nigeria will both pack the center of midifeld with a couple of athletic box-to-box player and a veteran with fantastic technical quality, in formations that should cancel each other out. John Obi Mikel has had a great tournament for the Super Eagles and will run the show in the center for his side, while Seydou Keita will do the same for Mali.

Emmanuel Emenike has recovered from a knock to secure a starting place for Nigeria, while Mali decided to be nice to you and leave all four guys that they have named Coulibaly on the bench. Both Diarras sit as well, but you do have to deal with two Traores.

Mali starting lineup (4-3-3): Mamadou Samassa; Adama Tamboura, Mahmadou N'Diaye, Molla Wague, Fousseni Diawara; Mohamed Sissoko, Kalilou Traore, Seydou Keita; Modibo Maiga, Mamadou Samassa, Mahamane Traore

Nigeria starting lineup (4-3-3): Vincent Enyeama; Uwa Echiejile, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Efe Ambrose; Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Sunday Mba; Victor Moses, Ideye Brown, Emmanuel Emenike


Remaining ACN sides all have a chance to win

Kicking off a huge day of international football, the Africa Cup of Nations will set their finalists ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifiers and high profile friendlies.

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