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Mané caps 3-1 win to send Senegal into African Cup final

Sadio Mané set up one goal and scored the last one himself as Senegal beat Burkina Faso 3-1 Wednesday to reach its second successive African Cup of Nations final.

Now, Senegal hopes to finally win a title.

Mané scored on a breakaway in the 87th minute to seal the win in Yaounde after Senegal went 2-0 up before seeing Burkina Faso pull a goal back with eight minutes to go.

Senegal's Abdou Diallo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semifinal soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

Senegal will play for the African title against either Egypt or host Cameroon, who meet in the second semifinal on Thursday.

The Senegal-Burkina Faso semi burst into life at the end of the game, with all four goals coming in the last 20 minutes.

Defender Abdou Diallo pounced at a corner to give Senegal the lead in the 70th. Bamba Dieng made it 2-0 in the 76th when Mané put a cross on a plate for him to score.

Senegal's Abdou Diallo, left, with teammates celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

Blati Touré briefly gave Burkina Faso hope when he forced a cross in with his knee in the 82nd.

But Mané snapped up a chance on a counterattack as he sped clear of the Burkinabe defense and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Farid Ouédraogo.

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Burkina Faso's Hassane Bande, top, is tackled by Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)

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Senegal's Saliou Ciss, left, challenges for the ball with Burkina Faso's Cyrille Barros Bayala during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)

Senegal's Sadio Mane, right, controls the ball away from Burkina Faso's Adama Guira during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semifinal soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

Senegal's head coach Aliou Cissé puts on his face mask, prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe)

Senegal supporters cheer prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)

Burkina Faso supporter cheers prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)

Burkina Faso's captain Bertrand Traore, right, dribbles past Senegal's Abdou Diallo during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)

Senegal's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the African Cup of Nations 2022 semi-final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Senegal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (AP PhotoSunday Alamba)