SENEGAL and Burkina Faso
played to a 0-0 draw in a 2018
Fifa World Cup qualifier at the
Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor in
Dakar at the weekend.
The referee sent off Kalidou
Koulibaly with six minutes
remaining in what was a hotly
contested encounter in the
Senegalese capital.
As a result, things remain wide
open in Group D heading into
the fourth round of fixtures, with
Bafana Bafana fans sure to rest
a bit easier following their 2-1
defeat in Cape Verde.
The Lions of Teranga
threatened early through Sadio
Mané and Everton midfielder
Idrissa Gana Gueye, but the
Stallions were not ready to be

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bossed by their hosts.
This point was evident as
Khadim N’Diaye was forced
into a good save to deny Alain
Traoré in the 27th minute.
Chances continued to come
at either end with the Stallions
holding their own on Senegalese
soil. Prejuce Nakoulma tested
the Senegal goal-minder 10
minutes later.
Burkinabe shot-stopper Hervé
Koffi was then called into action
in the 39th minute as he denied
Moussa Sow from close range.
Senegal head coach Aliou
Cissé introduced Monaco
forward Keita Baldé Diao in the
66th minute as the West African
giants continued to search for
the opener in what proved to bea tightly contested clash.
It would be Burkina Faso,
though, to register the next
opportunity as Bertrand Traoré’s
hopeful shot was easily kept out
by Khadim N’diae.
Koulibaly received his
marching orders following a
second bookable offence in the
84th minute as The Stallions
sensed a late opportunity to bag
all three points on their travels.
Aristide Bancé made his way
onto the park moments later as
the visitors went on the attack,
but Senegal held on as the two
teams shared the spoils.
The reverse fixture will take
place at the Stade du 4 Août in
Ouagadougou on Tuesday, 5
September.

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