AFCON: Mane’s last minute penalty secures win over Zimbabwe

NEWS DIGEST − Senegal forward, Sadio Mane scored a last-minute penalty to give Senegal a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in their opening match at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane stepped forward to convert the penalty kick after Kelvin Madzongwe blocked Pape Gueye’s shot with his hand and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot in the 94th of the game.

Before the late winner, it was an end-to-end start at the Stade de Kouekong in Bafoussam on Monday and the two teams’ defence was solid to break for the majority of the game.

The team coach of Senegal team, Aliou Cisse made changes to his starting XI after facing positive COVID-19 cases.

In his changes, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng replaced Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Olympiakos’ Pape Abou Cisse and PSG’s Abdou Diallo co-ordinated the defence in the absence of Kalidou Koulibaly.

The result means Zimbabwe are yet to keep a clean sheet after 13 matches at the Africa Cup of Nations but they will turn their attention to their next Group B match against Malawi on January 14.

Meanwhile, Senegal have not lost their opening game at AFCON since 2015 and they face Guinea next on Friday.

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