11 Jul Senegal v Benin Match Report, 10/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
Senegal overcome Benin 1-0 at Cairo to become the first side to book their place at the semi-finals of this 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gueye tied up to violate Benin’s solve as Africa Cup of Nations favourites Senegal gained a 1-0 triumph in Wednesday’s quarter-final.
Senegal escaped using a slight victory against Uganda at the past 16 and they were made to work hard to maintain their pursuit for a primary AFCON title living by Benin.
After a silent opening hour at Cairo that watched Mane largely shackled, Aliou Cisse’s side stepped up things and discovered a winner 21 minutes from time through Everton midfielder Gueye.
Gueye exchanged passes with Mane and transformed to the far corner to reserve a semi-final date together with Madagascar or Tunisia and finish the dream run of Benin, that had been decreased to 10 guys overdue on when Olivier Verdon had been disregarded.
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Benin concentrated on preventing the resistance from the first half, however Senegal did get in behind a few times soon before half-time.
M’Baye Niang and Gueye had shots blocked and Youssouf Sabaly was not able to square the ball to Mane facing goal for what could have been a very simple conclusion.
Mane’s frustrations continued early in the second half since he had a header suitably ruled out for offside.
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However, the Liverpool forwards begun to view more of this ball and he played a huge role in the winning goal since he connected up with Gueye, who showed excellent composure after surging through to fire across Saturnin Allagbe.
Mane was denied a goal by VAR four minutes – the initial usage of this technology from the championship – and that he had an effort kept off the line by Emmanuel Imorou.
Verdon has been shown a red card for bringing Gueye from the 82nd moment as Benin’s initial quarter-final look ended in defeat.