Sadio Mane assists Senegal on the way to AFCON semi-finals


Sadio Mane laid on the opening goal as Senegal surged to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Sunday night.

Mane started for his country despite calls for him to sit out entirely after a nasty head injury in the last-16 win over Cape Verde, taking his place on the left of the attack.

It came in a moment of chaos for Senegal, who fell foul to a well-worked set-piece routine that allowed Jannick Bulya to stab home from the edge of the box.

Senegal restored their lead, though, when a defensive calamity saw two failed headed clearances, the latter landing for Cheikhou Kouyate to prod in.

The win was clinched not long after, with left-back Saliou Ciss chesting down a diagonal ball on the charge, before pulling it back for Ismaila Sarr to sidefoot in.

With Egypt through to face hosts Cameroon in the other semi-final, Senegal now have an idea of who they could take on in the final on February 6.

However, they are required to get through Burkina Faso first, with that semi-final to take place on Wednesday night.


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