Senegal reach the final by beating a valiant and disciplined Burkina Faso 3-1. A dynamic first half saw neither side score – but the Teranga Lions roared in the second half, showing tremendous goalscoring prowess.
Senegal disappointed for much of the tournament. They won their group in scrappy fashion with just five points and one win, a 1-0 triumph over Zimbabwe produced by a dodgy penalty in the 7th minute of added time.
But the Teranga Lions are roaring now. A quick first half saw both teams attacking frequently. Senegal had the ball possession advantage but failed to break Burkina’s tight defence.
The floodgates opened around 20 minutes into the second half. Abdou Diallo scored from close range after Kalidou Koulibaly reached a corner with an incredible bicycle pass. Six minutes later, a majestic Sadio Mané handed a goal to Bamba Dieng.
Burkina Faso rocked Senegal when Blati Touré sent a cross into the back of the net. But Senegal quickly re-established themselves as star player, powerful Liverpool winger Mané, rushed to meet a penetrating pass, went one-on-one with the keeper and coldly launched him deep fillet.
Whether it’s Cameroon or Egypt who take on the Teranga Lions in the final – and the undisputed favorites are the sparkling hosts of the tournament – they will face tough competition for a side that have been in exuberant form.
Read the FRANCE 24 liveblog to see how the action unfolded: