Senegal's Lions of Teranga maul 10-man Kenya in tough Group C AFCON clash

Senegal's Lions of Teranga maul 10-man Kenya in tough Group C AFCON clash

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Kenya vs Senegal finished 3-0 in favour of the Lions of Teranga

- Sadio Mane's brace and Ismaila Sarr's strike were enough to fire Senegal to victory

- The west Africa football giants are through to the last 16 of AFCON

Sadio Mane's second half brace and Ismaila Sarr's thunderbolt is all Senegal needed to seal a 3-0 win over Harambee Stars in the two teams' last Group C Africa Cup of Nations clash.

Both sides started the Monday night, July 1, match played at 30 June Stadium brightly, but were wasteful in front of goal.

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However, Senegal were presented with a glorious chance at the half-hour mark through Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, but Patrick Matasi who was between the sticks for Kenya denied him with a magnificent save.

The Lions of Teranga kept mounting more pressure on Kenya's defense, with their efforts paying off after Aboud Omar conceding a penalty following an awful challenge on Saliou Ciss in the dangerous area.

Sadio Mane stepped up to take the penalty but was denied by Matasi who dived to his right to make the save.

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The second half of the match saw Senegal break the deadlock via Ismaila Sarr in the 63rd minute, with the Rennes forward volleying into the top right corner to make it 1-0.

Mane doubled the lead 11 minutes later before completing his brace of the night from the penalty spot following Philemon Otieno's studs-up challenge on Ismaila Sarr.

Otieno was subsequently handed marching orders as Stars were reduced to 10 men for the rest of the match that finished 3-0.

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The result means Senegal are through to the next round of the tournament having finished second behind table-toppers Algeria.

Meanwhile, Kenya now face a nervous wait to find out if they can make it through as one of the four best third-placed teams.

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