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Sadio Mane late penalty wins it for depleted Senegal against resolute Zimbabwe



Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe

Senegal needed a stoppage time penalty to edge Zimbabwe 1-0 in the Group B of the AFCON tournament at the Stade Kouekong Baffousam.

Sadio Mane flawlessly scored the winning goal for the Teranga Lions who came into the encounter without a bunch of players who tested positive for COVID-19.

Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Nampalys Mendy, Pape Sarr, Mame Thiam, Bamba Dieng and Famara Diedhiou were all missed.

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Despite being dubbed as one of the pre tournament favorites, Senegal struggled to take control of the game.

Zimbabwe were on spot defensively but lacked a clinical touch upfront.

The match winning moment came in the added five minutes when defender Kelvin Madzongwe blocked a goal bound effort with his arm and a penalty was awarded to Senegal.

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Mane stepped up and put the ball on the left and the goalkeeper Petro Mhari went to the right.

Senegal will face West African neighbors Guinea in their next game on Friday 14th. Zimbabwe will face Malawi on the same day.

Senegal XI; Seny Timothy Dieng (GK), Ibrahima Mbaye, Abdou Diallo, Pape Abou Cisse, Fode Ballo Toure, Cheikhou Kouyate, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Bouna Sarr, Boulaye Dia, Sadio Mané, Balde Diao Keita

Zimbabwe XI; Petros Mhari (GK), John Gerald Takwara, Teenage Hadebe, Onismor Bhasera, Ishmael Wadi, Kelvin Madzongwe, Leroy Benyu, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Bruce Kangwa, Prince Dube, Knowledge Musona

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