AFCON 2021: Senegal cruise past Burkina Faso to reach second consecutive final
Senegal are through to their third Africa Cup of Nations final with Sadio Mane on target to help them overcome Burkino Faso.
In an eventful game, VAR chalked off two Senegal penalties, with Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi injured during the events of the first half.
Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gueye put Senegal in charge before Blati Toure narrowed the deficit late on.
But Mane chipped in to settle victory for the tournament favourites.
It was Mane’s 29th goal for his country, taking him level with Henri Camara at the top of their all-time scorer list.
“It shows you the momentum we have,” Mane said.
“We knew it was not going to be at all easy to get to two straight Afcon finals, but the most important for us now is to go all the way and win it, whoever we come up against.”
“We were up against a really good Burkina side who caused us a lot of problems.”
“We expected a tough game and it was, but we stayed calm and created lots of chances. I think we deserved to win.”
“I think you can see on my face how happy I am, which is completely normal. I am really proud personally and very happy for myself, my team-mates and the country,” he added.
Senegal will face Egypt or hosts Cameroon in Sunday’s final as they target their maiden Africa Cup of Nations title.
Burkina Faso will take part in the third/fourth-place play-off, which has been brought forward a day to Saturday.