AFCON wrap: Cameroon edges Senegal on PKs, Burkina Faso advances
While several of the tournament’s big boys have fallen out, two sides booked their tickets in the the African Cup of Nations semifinals on Saturday.
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Burkina Faso 2-0 Tunisia
The Stallions scored twice inside the final nine minutes to give Burkina Faso the first spot in the AFCON semifinals.
Aristide Bance and Prejuce Nakoulma scored in the 81st and 84th minutes, respectively to keep Burkina Faso unbeaten in its four matches at this winter’s competition in Gabon.
Bance gave the Stallions the advantage after finishing a free kick just minutes after coming onto the pitch, while Nakoulma doubled the lead three minutes later after a rebound fell to the attacker.
Paulo Duarte’s side will take on the winner of Egypt-Morocco, who will meet on Sunday.
Senegal 0-0 (4-5 on PKs) Cameroon
Both sides mustered up chances in the first 120 minutes of play, but ultimately penalty kicks were what decided the second semifinalist.
After both sides converted from the penalty spot in the opening rounds, Sadio Mane’s miss left the door open for Cameroon, who then took full advantage of the opportunity.
Cameroon keeper Joseph Ondoa made six saves on the day, including one in the shootout, to help give his nation a place in the next round.
The Lions will meet the winner of Congo-Ghana in the semifinals.
Congo vs. Ghana -- 11 a.m. ET
Egypt vs. Morocco -- 2 p.m. ET