A late Aristide Bance penalty gave Burkina Faso a slim edge over Algeria as both nations ended their 2014 World Cup Confederation of African Football (CAF) third round playoff 3-2 at the 40,000 capacity Stade du 4 Aout stadium in Ougadougou on Saturday.
The ‘Stalions’ will now travel to Algeria on November 19 hoping to maintain their one goal lead as Algeria will be counting on away goal, however, the winner on aggregates proceeds to the November draws of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Early in the match, Steeve Yago came on for injured centre-back Bakary Kone, who was forced off the pitch due to a thigh injury.
Bance was soon set through on goal when a free-kick was tapped to the striker but fired a touring shot.
The ‘Foxes’ then began to settle into the game after an almost cagey start but couldn’t stop the Burkinabe from opening up spaces in their defence.
Jonathan Pitroipa took control of the hosts’ attack after the half-hour mark which almost resulted to the opener.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) star player won a penalty in the closing stages of the first-half when defender Essaid Belkalem, who plays for English Championship side Watford, floored him with a wide tackle.
But goalkeeper Adi Mbohli, who appeared to have moved off his line too quick, dived left to save Bancy’s kick.
Burkina Faso took the lead two minutes into stoppage time as Pitroipa headed home a Jean-Noel Ligani’s cross.
Algeria got off to a better start after the break and drew level five minutes into the period when Sofiane Feghouli fired past Daouda Diakite from close range following an assist from Islam Slimani.
The equaliser opened up the contest and Djakarida Kone restored a one goal advantage for coach Paul Put’s side. The midfielder, who plays for Ligue 1 side Evian, inspired a solo effort from the halfway line and fired past Mbolhi into the far corner.
Algeria re-equalised through Carl Medjani’s header off a corner before Bancy had a chance to atone for his missed penalty.
Again it was Belkalem who got in the miss up four minutes to the dead. The defender appeared to have his hand behind his body when the ball struck him, only for the Zambian Assistant Referee on the sideline to insist it was a hand-ball and Bancy slotted past Algeria’s goalkeeper.