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Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 to qualify for third AFCON final

Senegal have qualified for the final of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition following their 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso.

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, was the star of the night with one goal and an assist to help Senegal emerge victorious in the West African derby.

The first half was drama-filled as Senegal created several scoring chances but were repelled by excellent defending and heroic interventions by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.

The Lions of Teranga also saw two penalty decisions in their favour overturned after the referee consulted Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for a review.

Remain undaunted, the Senegalese continued to pile on the pressure in the second half with Burkina Faso offering little in attack.

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Senegal were however, rewarded for their efforts in the 76th minute when Paris Saint‑Germain centre-back Abdou Diallo fired home from close range after a scramble in the penalty area following a corner kick.

The second goal arrived six minutes later when Mane overpowered Issa Kaboré to cut the ball back for Gana Gueye who slotted home with a precise finish.

Burkina Faso attempted a late fight back when Ibrahim Blati Touré’s kneed volley halved the deficit on 82nd minute, but Mane quickly dashed their hopes after he scored the third on the 87th minute.

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Senegal are yet to win the AFCON trophy but will be hoping to be third time lucky in the final following defeats against Cameroon in 2002 and Algeria in 2019.