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Senegal and Mane blow Africa Cup chance

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/01/2017 Gerald Imray

Senegal and Sadio Mane blew it at the Africa Cup of Nations, with the title favourite's star missing the decisive spot kick in a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Cameroon in the quarter-finals.

Liverpool star Mane saw his penalty, Senegal's fifth and final, saved by Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa.

Stunned, Mane turned to face his dejected teammates on the halfway line and muttered something under his breath.

Substitute Vincent Aboubakar then stepped up to blast underdog Cameroon into the last four of the tournament, setting off crazy celebrations from the players.

Goalkeeper Ondoa leaped over the advertising boards and sprinted to the Cameroon fans, holding the Cameroon team badge on his shirt and punching his chest.

"We know that Senegal have so much quality but Cameroon showed that we are a great football country and we are happy about what we did," Ondoa said.

He was pursued by teammates and even coach Hugo Broos, who ran across the field with his arms in the air, jumping in delight.

The game in Franceville finished 0-0 after extra time and Cameroon won 5-4 in the shootout, with Mane's the only miss.

Cameroon is a four-time African champion but its last title was in 2002, ironically when it beat Senegal in a penalty shootout.

Earlier, Burkina Faso was first into the semi-finals after two late goals beat Tunisia 2-0.

Aristide Bance, with his dyed blond hair, came off the bench to hit a low shot into the bottom corner from a free kick in the 81st minute and break a deadlock at Stade de l'Amitie.

It was pretty much the big striker's first act of the game.

"I knew that Bance could get inside that defense and he has a great ability to shoot," Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte said. "Fortunately for us, the first shot was a success."

Burkina Faso, who lost in the final two tournaments ago, will play Egypt or Morocco in the semi-finals.

Cameroon will face Ghana or Congo. The last two quarter-finals are on Sunday.

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