Sadio Mane was the standout performer as he inspired Senegal to a 3-1 win against Burkina Faso which was them qualify for the final of this year’s AFCON.
It is back-to-back final appearance for Senegal who also made it to the final in 2019 where they lost to Algeria.
Also, it is a third final appearance in their history in the competition.
In an eventful game, VAR chalked off two Senegal penalties, with Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi injured during the events of the first half.
And after a goalless first half, Abdou Diallo put Senegal 1-0 ahead on 70 minutes, after slamming the ball in the back of the net following a goal mouth scramble off a corner.
In the 76th minute Bamba Dieng made it 2-0 for Senegal as he slotted home a low cross from Mane.
Burkina Faso pulled a goal back with eight minutes left thanks to Ibrahim Toure who finished off a cutback cross from Issa Kabore.
But on 87 minutes Mane sealed the win for Senegal, as he raced on to Ismaila Sarr’s though pass before chipping Burkina Faso keeper.
It was his 29th goal for his country, taking him level with Henri Camara at the top of their all-time scorer list.
Senegal will now face either the Pharaohs of Egypt or hosts Cameroon in Sunday’s final.
Burkina Faso will feature in the third/fourth-place play-off, which has been brought forward a day to Saturday.
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