Senegal edge out Burkina Faso on penalties to qualify for U-17 AFCON final

Senegal edge out Burkina Faso on penalties to qualify for U-17 AFCON final

Senegal has qualified for the finals of the 2023 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON after defeating Burkina Faso 5-4 on penalties in the first semi-final match played at Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine, Algeria.Senegal edge out Burkina Faso on penalties to qualify for U-17 AFCON final

The two teams had played a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Utility player Abdou Fall Aziz, popularly called Fall A by football lovers in Senegal, handed the French-speaking West African nation the lead in the 16th minute of the first half after scoring a screamer from outside the eighteen-yard box of Burkina Faso.

He bounced on a loose ball punched into the field of play by Burkina Faso goalkeeper Isidore for the Senegalese’s only goal of the match.

In the 51st minute of the second half, the Senegalese highest goal scorer in the tournament, Amara Diouf, missed an opportunity to increase the tally to two goals when he stepped up for a penalty, but his shot hit the woodwork for no goal.

A Burkinabe defender had hacked down a menacing Senegalese attacker inside the eighteen-yard box, and the referee immediately signaled a penalty.

Rachide Ouedrogo equalized for Burkina Faso in the 83rd minute of the second half after receiving a pass from Arouna Ouattara to end the match 1-1 at full time.

In the penalty shootout, Amara Diouf, who missed a penalty earlier in the match, easily scored to place Senegal 5-4 ahead.

Souleymane Alio, who earned Burkina Faso a penalty in the quarterfinal match against Nigeria, missed the last penalty for the Burkinabes.

Burkina Faso will meet the losers of the second semi-final match between Morocco and Mali in the third place match on Thursday, May 18, 2023, while Senegal will meet the winners of the second semi-final match in the finals on Friday,May 19, 2023.

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