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Africa Cup: Senegal book last-16 spot

Africa Cup: Senegal book last-16 spot
Senegal forward Sadio Mane in action during the Africa Cup of Nations Group C match against Kenya.
Cairo, Jul 2 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/2/2019 11:26:37 AM IST

Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored twice after having a penalty saved as Senegal defeated Kenya 3-0 on Monday to book an Africa Cup of Nations last-16 place. The Champions League-winning forward had a timidly-struck first-half penalty saved by Patrick Matasi before making amends with a brace after a goalless opening 45 minutes.

Ismaila Sarr put Senegal ahead on 63 minutes and Mane netted on 71 and 78 minutes, his second goal coming from another penalty. Kenya were reduced to 10 men just before the second penalty was taken with Philemon Otieno sent off for a second yellow card.

A war of words between the coaches preceded the game with France-born Kenya handler Sebastien Migne suggesting Senegal lacked the mental strength to become African champions. Senegal coach Aliou Cisse responded by reminding Migne that his side were ranked 82 places higher in the world and the loss to Algeria was their first in four years in Africa.

Kenya were lucky to reach the half-time level with Senegal at the 30 June Stadium as apart from the Mane penalty miss, captain Victor Wanyama was not punished for handling in the box.

Patrick Matasi also made two great saves, blocking an Idrissa Gueye close-range shot and tipping a Sarr header over via the top of the crossbar. Kenya came close to snatching the lead against the run of play just past the hour when a Dennis Omino shot was brilliantly parried by Alfred Gomis.

A minute later and Senegal were ahead as Matasi fell while trying to clear a cross and Sarr turned to fire superbly into the corner of the net.

Mane atoned for his penalty blunder by adding a second on 71 minutes, taking advantage of poor defending from Mohamed Musa off a long ball to run through and score. Given a second penalty chance, Mane made no mistake, tucking the ball into the corner despite a brave attempt by the outstanding Matasi to reach it.

At the Al Salam Stadium, Tanzania contained Algeria for 35 minutes before conceding three goals by half-time with Islam Slimani opening the scoring before Adam Ounas added two.

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