Egypt and Senegal reach AFCON semifinals

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Egypt and Senegal have reached the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals, setting the stage for a potential showdown between  Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane if their two teams make it to the final.

Salah scored the equaliser and created the winner to inspire Egypt’s comeback to beat Morocco 2-1 after extra time on Sunday’s first quarterfinal at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.

Later, at the same venue, Mane set up Famara Diedhiou for Senegal’s opener in a 3-1 win over Equatorial Guinea. Substitutes Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr finished off Equatorial Guinea, which had drawn level through Jannick Buyla a few minutes after having a penalty awarded and then taken away through a VAR check.

Senegal will now take on Burkina Faso in the first semifinal on Wednesday when Mane’s team will be aiming to make a second straight final – and rid itself of the unwanted label of “the best team to never win an AFCON title”.

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