Cameroon, Burkina Faso reach semis

Cameroon beat Senegal 5-4 on penalties to advance to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals following a goalless draw on Saturday night.
The highly anticipated quarterfinal encounter was played at the Stade de Franceville in the Gabonese city of Franceville.
Senegal’s Lions of Teranga dominated possession in the opening stages of the game – forcing the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to sit too deep.
It should have been 1-0 to Senegal seven minutes later when their talisman Sadio Mane cleverly set up his teammate Mame Biram Diouf.
However, Cameroon keeper Ondoa produced late saves to ensure that it ended goalless in regulation time and the two teams went into extra-time.
The two teams failed to break the deadlock in regulation time and extra-time and a penalty shootout followed as the match ended goalless.
England-based Mane, who was the hero for Senegal throughout the tournament, became the villain as his spot-kick was saved by Ondoa and Cameroon won 5-4 on penalties.
Meanwhile, Aristide Bance, came off the bench to put Burkina Faso into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Bance, who shot to fame at this tournament when the Stallions reached the final in 2013, is no longer a starter for Burkina Faso.
But he remains a hugely popular player, and his powerfully struck free-kick just four minutes after coming on was enough to see his country emerge winners.
After some clever running from Prejuce Nakoulma, he doubled the lead with three minutes to time after skipping between the Tunisian defense and out-running an advanced goalie to fire home to confirm their semi final date.-Mailonline

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