Cameroon has booked itself a spot in the final four of the AFCON with a dramatic penalty shootout win against Senegal overnight.
The more fancied Senegal side had countless opportunities to find the back of the net against the four-time winners but failed at every turn.
Cheikhou Kouyate from English Premier League side West Ham headed over the bar from a relatively easy position before later in the half narrowly missed the goal with a well timed and accurate lob from outside the area.
Senegal had no issues breaking down the defence of Cameroon as it constantly created chances. The same couldn’t be said for its opponents who didn’t create any meaningful chances or shots in the first 60 minutes of the match.
A double stop by Senegal keeper Abdoulaye Diallo kept it scoreless as both Robert Ndip Tambe and Benjamin Moukanja were kept at bay in the 65th minute.
Chances were created by both sides in the 30 minutes of extra time but both goal keepers were up to the task and it soon became obvious that a penalty shootout would be the only way to separate both sides.
After both Senegal and Cameroon made the first four shots successfully, it would fall to Senegal’s star player Sadio Mane to put the first blemish on the record as his shot was well saved by Fabrice Ondoa. Vincent Aboubakar then held his nerve to slot home and give Cameroon a thrilling 5-4 penalty shoot out win.
It will play the winner of the DR Congo Vs Ghana game later in the week.
In the other quarter-final, Burkina Faso stunned Tunisia 2-0 to book its place in the AFCON semi-finals.
It struck twice in the final ten minites through Aristide Bance and Prejuce Nakoulma to secure the win in what is a huge resulty for not just the soccer team but the entire country.
The first half was full of attacking and free flowing football as both sides showed its attacking flair and urgency to get forward whenever possible.
Burkina Faso had the first chance to trouble the scorers when Nakoulma hit harmlessly over the bar from close range before Bertrand Traore was unlucky not to do better when his delicate chip rebounded off the crossbar.
Tunisia created a few chances of its own up the other end as both Aymen Abdennour and Mohamed Ali Yacoubi came close with headed efforts.
The game tightened up in the second period as both sides started to become increasingly nervous as the match reached its climax.
Burkina Faso eventually broke the deadlock on 81 minutes when Aristide Bance hit a strong effort into the corner from a worked free kick.
It was a low drive struck with poise and power from Bance who had only been on the field a matter of minutes.
Tunisia for some bizarre reason abandoned all defensive structures in search of an equaliser and it very soon came back to bite them.
Three minutes after the first goal, Burkina Faso wrapped up the match, when on the counter; Prejuce Nakoulma raced forward before rounding Tunisia’s keeper from some 40 yards out and then calmly rolling the ball into the vacant net. The goal sent the crowd into raptures as Burkina Faso reached the final four.
The loss was Tunisia’s fifth consecutive quarter final loss in the AFCON.
Burkina Faso will come up against either Egypt or Morocco who face off in an all-North African quarter final.
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