Sadio Mane’s late goal ensured Senegal booked their place in the Africa Cup of Nations final as they survived a late Burkina Faso fight-back to win 3-1.
It was a nervy first half which saw Senegal have two penalty decisions overturned after VAR intervention, meanwhile Burkina Faso lost goalkeeper Herve Koffi to injury after one of the incidents.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo broke the deadlock for Senegal on 70 minutes with a smart turn and finish after centre-back partner Kalidou Koulibaly’s bicycle kick turned the out swinging corner back towards goal.
Six minutes later, Senegal looked to be in cruise control when Idrissa Gueye doubled their lead after Sadio Mane won the ball back in a dangerous area and pulled it back for the PSG midfielder.
Despite appearing to be out of energy and out of ideas, Burkina Faso sprung back into life after a double change following Gueye’s goal and pulled one back as Blati Toure’s improvised finish with his knee sailed past Edouard Mendy in the Sengal goal.
But Mane made sure of the win with three minutes to go as he was put through on goal and lofted the ball over the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.
Senegal will now face either Cameroon or Egypt in Sunday’s final at 7pm, live on Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso will face the loser of Thursday’s semi-final in Saturday’s third-fourth-place play-off, which also kicks off at 7pm.