Sadio Mane seals Senegal victory over Burkina Faso to reach AFCON final

Sadio Mane celebrates Senegal’s victory over Burkina Faso (Getty)
Sadio Mane celebrates Senegal’s victory over Burkina Faso (Getty)

Sadio Mane set up one goal and scored the last one himself as Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 to reach their second successive African Cup of Nations final.

Mane scored on a breakaway in the 87th minute to seal the win in Yaounde after Senegal went 2-0 up before seeing Burkina Faso pull a goal back with eight minutes to go.

Senegal will play for the African title against either Egypt or host Cameroon, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday.

The Senegal-Burkina Faso semi burst into life at the end of the game, with all four goals coming in the last 20 minutes.

Defender Abdou Diallo pounced at a corner to give Senegal the lead in the 70th. Bamba Dieng made it 2-0 in the 76th when Mane put a cross on a plate for him to score.

Blati Toure briefly gave Burkina Faso hope when he forced a cross in with his knee in the 82nd.

But Mane snapped up a chance on a counterattack as he sped clear of the Burkinabe defence and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Farid Ouedraogo.