- Burkina Faso vs Gabon last 16 AFCON clash ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time
- However, The Stallions eventually won 7-6 on post-match penalties to qualify for the last eight
- Ismahila Ouédraogo was Burkina Faso's hero as he netted the decisive kick to ensure they are the first side to qualify for the quarters
Burkina Faso are through to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Burkina Faso booked a place in the last eight of the competition after seeing off Gabon 7-6 in post-match penalties in a thrilling last 16 tie played on Sunday, January 23.
The match had to be decided via penalties after they settled for a 1-1 draw after regulation time.
Burkina Faso went into Sunday's off a fine run of results that has seen them go unbeaten in all but one of their last nine games across all competitions.
However, they knew too well Gabon would not be pushovers, having failed to defeat them in each of the last four meetings between the teams.
The Stallions had a chance to score the opener in the 18th minute after they won a penalty only for Bertrand Traore to squander the opportunity.
However, the skipper made amends to his earlier miss as he scored his side's opener before the half-hour mark.
Things went from bad to worse for Gabon in the 67th minute when Sidney Obissa was sent off before pulling a comeback in the last minute after scored an own goalAdama Guira.
A goalless half-hour followed but in the 18-penalty shootout, the Burkinabé held their nerve to advance.
Ismahila Ouédraogo was the hero as he netted the decisive kick to ensure they are the first side into the last eight.