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Afcon 2021: Senegal XI to face Burkina Faso - Mane & Koulibaly start, Sarr benched

21:23 GMT+3 02/02/2022
Sadio Mane of Senegal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Liverpool forward features as the Teranga Lions face the Stallions, who are playing in their fourth semi-final match at Afcon

Senegal, who could reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time, have named their starting XI to face Burkina Faso at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Wednesday.

This is how Aliou Cisse's team lines up.

  • Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy

    Mendy -who conceded the first Afcon goal for Senegal in their game against Equatorial Guinea- starts again as the Teranga Lions look for a possible back-to-back appearance in the final of Africa's premier football competition.

  • Saliou Ciss of Senegal in Afcon 2021.

    Left-back - Saliou Ciss

    The Nancy full-back - who received a yellow card in the ninth minute of their quarter-final clash and assisted in the creation of the third goal - has been named as part of Senegal's defensive unit.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Senegal

    Centre-back - Kalidou Koulibaly 

    The 30-year-old defender will be expected to marshall Senegal's backline and try to keep the Burkina Faso attackers at bay.

  • Mouhamadou Diallo, Senegal, January 2022

    Centre-back - Abdou-Lakhad Diallo

    The 25-year-old PSG star will partner Koulibaly at the back as the Teranga Lions hope to keep their unbeaten run going against Burkina Faso.

  • Bouna Sarr

    Right-back - Bouna Sarr

    The Bayern Munich full-back, Senegal's designated free-kick taker, starts as the 2019 finalists - who have won five of their last six knock-out matches at Afcon - face the Stallions.

  • CAN 2022 - Sénégal-Zimbabwe - Idrissa Gueye

    Midfielder - Idrissa Gueye

    After playing throughout the Equatorial Guinea game, the defensive midfield stalwart has retained his starting slot.

  • Nampalys Mendy of Senegal.

    Midfielder - Nampalys Mendy

    In a rather defensive approach, Mendy has been deployed alongside Gueye as the Teranga Lions take on their West African rivals in Yaounde.

  • Senegal's midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate

    Midfielder - Cheikhou Kouyate

    Kouyate has started ahead of Pape Gueye, whom he replaced in the 65th minute before he scored the second goal two minutes later to restore Senegal's lead against Equatorial Guinea.

  • Sadio Mane Senegal Iban Salvador Edu Equatorial Guinea Afcon 2022

    Forward - Sadio Mane

    The Liverpool star - who has scored seven goals from 27 shots at Afcon since the start of 2017 with a shot conversion rate of 26% - has been given another chance to try and add goals to his tally in the competition.

  • Famara Diedhiou Senegal

    Striker: Famara Diedhiou

    Diedhiou got himself on the scoresheet in the last game when he gave his side a 28th-minute lead and has been given another start ahead of Bamba Dieng, who replaced him in the 65th minute of the quarter-final duel.

  • Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Dieng of Senegal.

    Forward - Bamba Dieng

    The Marseille forward starts ahead of Ismaila Sarr, who scored the third goal against Equatorial Guinea and is benched for the semi-final game.