Senegal vs Burkina Faso LIVE: AFCON team news, lineups and more tonight



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Senegalese fans wave flags ahead of AFCON semi-final

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Follow all the action as Burkina Faso take on Senegal in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burkina Faso defied all odds to reach the last four of the tournament, having bounced back from losing their opening group game against hosts Cameroon. Hassane Bande’s strike against Cape Verde secured all three points before a draw in their final group game against Ethiopia was enough to secure their place in the round of 16. 0 in the quarter-finals.

Senegal started the tournament a little slow, relying on a final penalty from Sadio Mane to defeat Zimbabwe in their opening game. Two goalless draws, against Guinea and Malawi, did little to boost morale but secured the Teranga Lions’ place in the round of 16. Aliou Cissé’s side came to life in the round of 16, however, as Mane and Bamba Dieng scored in a 2-0 win over Cape Verde before a 3-1 win over Equatorial Guinea in the quarter-finals. of final. The winner of tonight’s game will face Cameroon or Egypt in the final.

Follow all the latest updates from the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final:

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Burkina Faso goalkeeper Kouakou Herve Koffi says the most important thing his team can do is go as far as possible in the tournament. He promises the team will do their best and hopefully make it to the final on Sunday. He said:



The most important thing for us is to go as far as possible in the competition. I am satisfied with my teammates and I can promise you that we will do our best to clinch the title. We are expecting a great match this Wednesday against Senegal with positive pressing.

“The game against Senegal will be like a final. We will play all our assets to go to the final and seek the crown.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:34 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Senegal could reach the Africa Cup of Nations final for the third time – no team has made more finals (2) without ever winning, while the Teranga Lions could become the first team to play consecutive finals since Egypt in 2010.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:30 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Senegal midfielder Joseph Lopy says the AFCON 2019 finalists are focused on reaching the final again this year. He starts on the bench tonight but says his teammates will play with positivity and desire:



We are focused for the semi-final against a good team from Burkina Faso which remains one of the best in the competition. We will play with positive pressure and a desire to represent the Senegalese flag and the country well. We want to continue the adventure and win the title.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:25 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Senegal have won five of their last six knockout matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just two – with their only defeat coming in the 2019 final where they lost 1 -0 against Algeria.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:22 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Burkina Faso coach Kamou Malo believes he can lead his side to the final and even lift the trophy on Sunday. He says that although his side have had a great run in the tournament so far, they will battle against Senegal tonight. He said:



Personally, I achieved my goal, but as a competitor, I’m aiming for the trophy next Sunday. We are determined to go all the way to win the title. Against Senegal, a great country of football, we have to be ourselves. The main thing is to play our usual game.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:19 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Burkina Faso vs Senegal

This will be the third Africa Cup of Nations meeting between Burkina Faso and Senegal and the first in the Round of 16, with Senegal unbeaten in the previous two matches with one win and one draw.

Burkina Faso are playing in their fourth African Cup of Nations semi-final, having been knocked out in two of their previous three – most recently in the final in 2013 beating Ghana on penalties.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:15 p.m.

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CAN 2022: team change Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Bretrand Traoré returns for Burkina Faso after missing the game against Tunisia. Hassane Bande and Issoufou Dayo are also included.

Cheikhou Kouyate returns to the starting lineup for Senegal after his goalscoring cameo in the quarter-finals. Pape Gueye is the man to make way and Bamba Dieng replaces Boulaye Dia.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:12 p.m.

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CAN 2022: composition of Burkina Faso against Senegal

Here’s how the teams line up:

Burkina Faso XI: Koffi, Kaboré, Tapsoba, Dayo, Yago, Blati, Sangare, Guira, Bande, B. Traoré, Bayala

Senegal XI: E.Mendy, B.Sarr, Koulibaly, Diallo, Ciss, I.Gueye, N.Mendy, Kouyate, Mane, Diedhiou, Dieng

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 6:01 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Course for the semi-finals

Burkina Faso went through the group stages finishing second in Group A. They lost 2-1 to Cameroon in their opening game before beating Cape Verde 1-0 in their next match. The win proved vital after a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in their final group match saw them finish on the same number of points as Cape Verde, with both sides heading into the knockout stages of final. The Stallions then faced Gabon in the round of 16 and needed a penalty shootout (they won 7-6) to advance to the quarter-finals. Last time out, they managed to sneak past Tunisia to reach the semi-final where they will face a strong Senegalese side.

Senegal slowly made their way into the tournament. They kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe before back-to-back draws earned them enough points to top Group B. In the round of 16, their opponents were Cape Verde and Aliou’s men Cissé qualified for the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win. . Last time out they won 3-1 against Equatorial Guinea and are in good scoring form going into the tournament.

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 5:56 p.m.

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CAN 2022: Planned line-ups

With team news expected shortly, here’s how we see both sides preparing for tonight’s semi-final clash:

Burkina Faso’s quarter-final winner Dango Ouattara will be out after his red card against Tunisia in a blow to the team and Djibril Ouattara could also sit out with another injury.

It will be interesting to see if Cheikou Kouyate leaves for Senegal. He played every minute of the group stages and made an impressive appearance off the bench against Equatorial Guinea in which he scored.

Burkina Faso XI: Kofi; Kabore, Tapsoba, S. Ouattara, Yago; Nikiema, Guira, Sangare; Band, Dj. Ouattara, Traore

Senegal XI: E Mendy; B Sarr, Koulibaly, A Diallo, Ciss; Kouyate, N Mendy, I Gueye; I Sarr, Diedhiou, Mane

Michael JonesFebruary 2, 2022 5:52 p.m.

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