Burkina Faso VS Cameroon Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 5 Feb 2022
Fresh off the back of a gruesome semi-final defeat at the hands of Egypt, Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon lock horns with Burkina Faso at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in the third-place playoff on Saturday. The Stallions, on the other hand, fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal in Wednesday’s last-four clash and will head into this game desperate to get one over Cameroon having failed to taste victory in any of the last five meetings between the sides.
After a sloppy start to the Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso will feel satisfied with their performance at the tournament as they could walk away with the bronze medal on Saturday. Kamou Malo’s side were denied a dream start to the tournament in their opening game on January 9, when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands Cameroon when Vincent Aboubakar struck twice to cancel out Gustavo Sangare’s 24th-minute opener and hand the host nation all three points.
However, Burkina Faso bounced back to winning ways four days later when they edged out Cape Verde 1-0 in a nervy contest before wrapping things up in the group stages with a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia on January 17. With four points from three games, the Stallions finished as runners-up in Group A, three points off group winners Cameroon and level on points with Cape Verde, who also progressed as one of the four best third-placed sides.
Heading into the knockout stages as one of the underdogs, the West Africans were then held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Gabon side in their round-of-16 clash before going on to win the game 7-6 on penalties. Burkina Faso continued their fairytale run at the tournament as they claimed a surprise 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the quarter-finals last Saturday courtesy of Dango Ouattara’s solitary strike on the stroke of half time.
NAME: Burkina Faso – Cameroon
DATE: 5 Feb 2022
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde, Cameroon
However, Malo’s side were denied a second final appearance since 2013, when they were beaten 1-0 by Nigeria, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal in in their semi-final four days later. Following a drab first-half, the game was sparked to life after the interval as Abdou Diallo and Ahmadou Bamba Dieng scored in a six-minute spell to put the Senegalese two goals up, and after Ibrahim Blati Toure pulled one back in the 82nd minute, Sadio Mane scored his third goal of the tournament to restore the Lions of Teranga’s two-goal advantage.
Burkina Faso head into Wednesday’s game unbeaten in 10 of their last 12 games across all competitions, scoring 18 goals and keeping five clean sheets in that time. On the other hand, for all the promise shown throughout the course of the tournament, Cameroon will feel somewhat disappointed all the same as they will now have to settle for a third-placed finish at best.
Following a fine run in the qualifiers, where they finished top of Group F after claiming 11 points from six games, the Indomitable Lions secured smooth passage to the Africa Cup of Nations proper. Riding on the wave of support from the home crowd, the Central Africans got the tournament underway in style when they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Saturday’s opponents when they met in Group A on January 9.
Toni Conceicao’s men turned in another fine show of class four days later when they came from behind to secure a comprehensive 4-1 win over Ethiopia, before holding out for a 1-1 draw in their group finale against Cape Verde on January 17. Finishing top of Group A with seven points from three games, Cameroon got the ball rolling in the knockout stages on January 24 when they saw off a dogged Comoros side 2-1 courtesy of goals in either half from Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi. The Olympique Lyon forward was at it again in the quarter-finals as he struck twice in the second half against Gambia five days later to hand his side a second last-four appearance in five years.
Burkina Faso squares it out with the AFCON hosts, Cameroon, for the third place. Will the Indomitable Lions face another humiliation after a disappointing spot kick loss against Egypt in the semifinals? We have prepared a detailed preview of this fixture in this post.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions were unfortunate to lose three penalties after holding Egypt to a 0-0 in the semifinals. And now, they will square it out with Burkina Faso for a third place 24 hours later. Will the AFCON hosts play their hearts out or it is all over? Our best two predictions for Burkina Faso vs Cameroon are as follows:
This fixture will be no easy for either side. Both teams want to finish the AFCON strongly and secure the third place. The fact that Cameroon will have rested for only 24 hours before this game means they will not want to over commit their energy so we expect a slow buildup in this game. Burkina Faso will also be keen not to concede an early goal even as they look to make history in this game despite a serious political situation back home. We are tipping a slow start with no breakthrough in the first half.
After a sterling performance in the ongoing AFCON, Cameroon has another chance to prove they can compete at the highest level. The Indomitable Lion defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 in the group stage and this second meeting should be no different. It should be remembered the AFCON host won the first meeting from a 1-0 losing position when they bagged two penalties in that game. However, the Indomitable Lions have improved massively in the tournament and should be hard to play against.
There have been a total of five meetings between Burkina Faso and Cameroon. The AFCON 2022 hosts won two of those meetings while the other three ended in a draw. Of the three draws, two ended 1-1 and the other 0-0. The last encounter which took place in this year’s AFCON group stage match ended 2-1 to Cameroon’s favour. It means the Warriors and the Indomitable Lions will meet for the second time in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. And so, the vital question in this post is will the Warriors hunt down the Lions or end up being mauled?
Lack of victory against Cameroon is a major highlight in this fixture. So, the visitors will not only fight for a third place in the ongoing AFCON but also their first victory against Cameroon. Notably, four of the five previous matchups had goals on both ends. It means Cameroon has only kept a clean sheet against Burkina Faso in a barren draw in January 24th this year, only a few weeks before the AFCON started.