Senegal has booked a place in the finals of the 2021 AFCON with thanks to Sadio Mane’s masterclass performance against Burkina Faso on Wednesday evening.
The Liverpool forward inspired the Teranga Lions to a 3-1 win over The Stallions of Burkina Faso as they seal qualifications into the AFCON finals for the second consecutive time, and their third final in their history at AFCON.
In a tensed first forty-five, Senegal had two penalties chalked off, with Burkina Faso goalkeeper Herve Koffi injured during the events of the first half, and this ensured that there was a dearth of goals by half time.
The first goal of the match would come in the seventieth minute through Abdou Diallo who put the 2019 runners up ahead after slamming the ball in the back of the net following a goal mouth scramble off a corner.
Bamba Dieng added to Senegal’s tally six minutes after Diallo’s opener when he slotted home a low cross from Liverpool winger, Sadio Mane.
Burkina Faso would pull one goal back with eight minutes left on the clock through Ibrahim Toure who finished off a cutback cross from Issa Kabore.
Mane, with three minutes from time went on to seal a comprehensive victory for the the Lions of Teranga when 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.
The win for Senegal means that they have a set up a clash with either Egypt or Cameroon in Sunday’s final while Burkina Faso will feature in the third placed play-off which happens on Saturday.