6.02.2022Bayer 04

AFCON: Tapsoba and Co. finish fourth

Burkina Faso, with Werkself player Edmond Tapsoba, just missed out on the medals in the Africa Cup of Nations held in Cameroon. The West African team lost 4-3 on penalties to the hosts on Saturday night in the third-place play-off. Tapsoba played the full 90 minutes but the Leverkusen central defender was not one of the penalty takers.

Burkina Faso were clearly on top in the first half and they took a 2-0 lead into half-time. The underdogs were also able to score a third just four minutes into the second half. However, Edmond Tapsoba and his teammates then conceded three goals between minutes 71 and 87 – the match went to penalties. All the Cameroon penalties found the back of the net while Burkina Faso missed one. The tournament hosts finished in third place with Tapsoba and Co. in an impressive fourth spot. Sunday’s final is between Senegal and Egypt.

Odilon Kossounou, the second Werkself player at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, was on the wrong end of the 1-0 scoreline for Ivory Coast against the finalists Egypt in the Round of 16. The Ivorian returned to Leverkusen at the start of the week and is available for selection by Gerardo Seoane for the Bundesliga big match at Borussia Dortmund.

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