FT: Burkina Faso 4 Ethiopia 0

The referee blows his whistle for the final time this evening, bringing an exciting match to a close. You can't help but feel sorry for the Ethiopians, who produced a strong performance in the first half, but fell apart after Burkina's second goal.

Pitroipa finally gets his name on the scoresheet with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

The excellent Kabore comes off for Wilfreid Benjamin Balima.

Now it's Birhanu Bogale who gives away a free kick after barging into a Burkina player from the side. Traore takes the resulting free kick which is palmed away by the 'keeper. Pitroipa looks to covert on the rebound, but the ref blows his whistle for offside.

Frustrations starting boil over here as Seyom Tesfaye appears to stamp on Burkina substitute Florent Rouamba. The ref takes pity on him, however, deciding not to brandish the red card.

Ethiopia's Addis Hintsa tires his luck from range, but his shot is high and wide.

Ethiopia pile forward now as they look to bag a consolation goal for their disappointed supporters.

Play is stopped after a streaker runs onto the pitch. He is escorted off the pitch by a pack of stewards.

Pitroipa has been a real threat throughout and he collects flighted pass, but he loses the ball on the edge of the area after a last-ditch challenge from the defence.

There it is! Game over for Ethiopia as Djakaridja Kone bombs forward, playing a one-two with Pitroipa before firing a low shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Ethiopia have the numerical advantage, but they are two goals down with around 20 minutes left to play. Can they claw their way back?

It's Traore again! What a goal from the striker from outside the area. Pitroipa lays off the ball and Traore runs onto it, hammering a first-time shot into the left-hand side of goal. A real contender for goal of the tournament.

Ethiopia defender Seyom Tesfaye is penalised for a foul just outside his area. The resulting free kick comes to nothing as the defence clears from danger.

Substitute Behailu Assefa latches onto a flighted diagonal ball and cuts in before sending in a right-footed cross which is collected by Diakite.

Another stoppage as Kabore receives treatment for a tight hamstring. Burkina are temporarily down to nine men.

The resulting free kick is snapped up by Diakite.

Another substitution for Burkina. Florent Rouamba comes on for Aristide Bance.

Goalkeeper Daouda Diakite comes on for Wilfried Sanou, who is sacrificed for cause.

Free kick for Ethiopia on the edge of the area after Soulama collects a high ball just outside his area. After consulting his assistants, the referee brandishes the red card. A tad harsh, but the correct decision according to the letter of the law.

Corner for Burkina, but Paul Koulibaly's flicked header loops harmlessly over the bar.

Final throw of the dice from Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw as he brings on Getaneh Kebede for Shimeles Bekele.

Full-back Mohamed Koffi is having a good game for Burkina and he puts in another searching cross from deep, but the intended target is unable to keep the ball in play.

Soulama dallies on the ball after collecting a back pass from his defence. He's almost dispossessed but manages to recover the ball. Close shave there.

Ethiopia earn a free kick about 35 yards out, with a number of players lining up to take it. Said takes aim but his shot lacks power and is gobbled up by Soulama.

The second half is under way, Ethiopia now playing from left to right.

The referee brings the first half to a close, Alain Traore's 34th-minute strike proving the difference. Several concerns for the Black Lions, with coach Sewnet Bishaw forced to make two substitutions after a bright start.

We're heading into stoppage time and Burkina are piling on the pressure as they look to double their advantage before the half-time break.

Another substitution from Ethiopia. The injured Asrat Megersa comes off Yared Zinabu.

The Walya Antelopes look shell-shocked after the opening goal and Burkina earn a free kick on the left by-line. However, the free kick flies across the face of goal and rolls out for a goal kick.

Alain Traore scores his second goal of the tournament to give his side the lead. Charles Kabore lofts a ball over the top and Traore controls it sweetly before smashing into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

The momentum appears to have swung in favour of Burkina, but they are unable to make their possession count as Ethiopia hold firm.

The Stallions are growing in confidence as the match progresses, with Pitroipa looking like an effective outlet for their attacking play due to his searing pace.

Jonathan Pitroipa looks to play a one-two with Wilfried Sanou, but the latter's cross is palmed away by Tadelle.

Charles Kabore unleashes a piledriver from range that is palmed away by Tadelle. Wilfried Sanou pounces on the loose ball and smashes home, but the goal is ruled out for offside.

Another long-range shot from Ethiopia, this time Asrat Megersa's effort flying high and wide.

Ethiopia skipper Degu Debebe drills a long-range free kick straight into a defender but they are unable to fashion a chance from the resulting corner.

Burkina create a chance from the left flank but Aristide Bance's cross is collected comfortably.

Grima is unable to shrug off the groin problem he picked up early on and he is replaced by Behailu Assefa.

Alain Traore collects a pass on the edge of the box before unleashing a low shot which is easily collected by Ethiopia goalkeeper Zerihun Tadelle.

Burkina are struggling to impose themselves on proceedings, with Ethiopia enjoying the lion's share of possession early on.

Great chance for Ethiopia as Shimeles Bekele latches onto a through pass and bares down on goal, but his side-footed effort cannons back off the post and is cleared by Burkina's defence.

Adane Grima, Walya Antelopes' goalscorer in their opening match, goes down clutching his groin but he's soon back on his feet.

The Stallions start brightly and create a series of half chances, but none of their efforts reach their intended target.

The match referee gets us underway in Nelspruit, Burkina playing from left to right.

Feel free to email your thoughts or predictions to Virgil.Maia@Teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

Ethiopia are 7/2 to beat Burkina Faso today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 12/5 for the spoils to be shared. Moumouni Dagano is 5/1 to score first, while Saladin Said is at 13/2.


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