RIO DE JANEIRO: Burundi beat Pakistan in a closely fought Street Child World Cup (SCWC) semi-final on Saturday after a tough battle between the two teams.
The match started off with a tricky start for Pakistan as Burundi scored within the first few minutes.
But Pakistan soon leveled the scores, making it 1-1 and then took the lead 2-1.
Just before halftime, Pakistan doubled their lead to 3-1, giving Burundi mountain to climb after the break.
However, as the the second half started, Burundi provided the best response, as they immediately got a goal to get back into the game.
Both sides played some attacking football but it was Burundi who came away with the most of it, scoring twice in two minutes to lead 4-3.
They held off some ferocious attacks from Pakistan, with the Burndi keeper working hard to keep Pakistan out and ensure they qualified for the final.
Pakistan nonetheless played brilliantly throughout the tournament, topping the Group Three scoring 18 goals in their four matches against teams including India (13-0), Kenya (2-0), Mauritius (3-0) and playing a draw with US (1-1).
Burundi now face Tanzania in the final. Tanzania had earlier in the day defeated USA 6-1.