AFCON 2015 Equatorial Guinea 0-0 Burkina Faso: Player Ratings

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Felipe Ovono 7

Aerially confident, still makes some saves in an unorthodox manner but had a good game in goal.

Randy 8

Another good performance, intervening when there was danger to Equatorial Guinea’s right-hand side. Also an attacking outlet until the end, showing little signs of fatigue.

Rui 7

Firm and safety-first at the core of the defence, a centre-back the team can rely on.

Diosdado Mbele 6

Perhaps fortunate to be on the pitch after a rash challenge on Pitroipa, played well despite the yellow meaning he would miss the next match.

Sipo 6

More ropey than the rest of the backline, made a forward run that forced a save from Sanou.

Viera Elong Doualla 6

Good runs to support the attack, perhaps had the best chance near the end but was too tired as cramp set in.

Ivan Zarandona 6

Leggy towards the end but won the key midfield battles and executed some nice passes to release the wingers.

Javier Balboa 7

The entertainer of the match with his pizazz, no wonder the crowd showed disapproval at his substitution later on.

Iban Salvador 6

Quieter than in the opening game, over-complicated things whenever he had the ball.

Kike 8

A constant livewire whichever flank he was stationed at. Looked like Equatorial Guinea’s only source of quality whenever the ball was at his quick feet, should have done better with his chance.

Emilio Nsue 6

Not allowed to get in behind by a quick Burkina Faso defence but was a willing worker.

Notable substitutions

Juvenal 5

Didn’t make any sort of impact.

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BURKINA FASO

Germain Sanou 7

Rapid off his line whenever the Stallions’ high defensive line was breached.

Mohamed Koffi 6

Solid for the most part through had concerns against Kike.

Bakari Kone 6

As long as he was at the back, it didn’t look like Equatorial Guinea were ever going to score.

Steeve Yago 6

A more solid outing against a tricky team, held his direct opponents well.

Issa Goua 5

Bought in for Bambara for his defensive solidity and did his job well enough though offered little on the attacking side.

Djakaridja Kone 4

Highlight was a high cross for Bertrand Traore effort which hit the post, but not in the game

Charles Kabore 4

Wasn’t at his best again, gave the ball away in crucial moments. Inability to impose himself means Burkina Faso don’t have as much control as they should.

Alain Traore 6

Had several opportunities but left his notorious shooting boots at home.

Bertrand Traore 7

Fashioned chances for himself and others again but there was nothing to show for it.

Jonathan Pitroipa 5

Not enough pizazz.

Aristide Bance 3

Poor off the ball movement, lack of mobility, killed a lot of attacks. Remarkable that he played the entire game.

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