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AFCON 2017: Burkina Faso book place in last four, favourites Senegal crash out on penalties

Unfancied Burkina Faso have reached the last four of AFCON for the second time in four years, and their reward is a showdown with Egypt in Libreville. Favorites Senegal crashed out on penalties to Cameroon.

Burkina Faso 2-0 Tunisia
(Bance 81', Nakoulma 84')

Burkina Faso scored two goals in the final 10 minutes as they became the first semifinalists at the Africa Cup of Nations with victory over Tunisia in Saturday's quarterfinal.

In a largely mediocre match, former Augsburg and Mainz striker Aristide Bance came off the bench to thrash in a controversial free kick to break the deadlock. A breakaway goal from Prejuce Nakoulma three minutes later settled the result as Burkina Faso reached the last four for the second time in four years.

They will now meet Egypt in a semifinal to be played in Libreville on Wednesday.

Senegal 0-0 Cameroon (Cameroon won 5-4 on penalties after extra time)

Afrika cup 2017 Gabun vs. Kamerun (Getty Images/AFP/G. Bouys)

Cameroon join Burkina Faso in the last four of the AFCON tournament.

Cameroon joined Burkina Faso in the last four with a shootout win over Senegal.

Senegal's star Sadio Mane of Liverpool missed the crucial spot kick, allowing Vincent Aboubakar to convert the final penalty to send Cameroon through.

Senegal, who possess a host of European stars, entered the match as the favorites, but were held to a stalemate as Cameroon frustrated them for 120 minutes.