AFCON 2019: Benin’s fairytale run halted by Senegal


It is the end of the road for Benin Republic as Idrissa Gueye scored in the 69th minute to hand Senegal a 1-0 win; sending the Lions of Teranga to the semi-finals of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into use for the first time in the tournament’s history and was called upon in the 72nd minute, ruling out a Sadio Mane goal, but that counted for less as Senegal held on for the win.

Benin were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes left after Olivier Verdon was sent off following a late tackle on Gueye.

After a tale of missed chances, Senegal finally got their goal, one made from Merseyside. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane teed up Everton’s Gueye before the latter burst into the box and shot past the keeper.

Benin exit the tourney with their heads held high; although the leave the tournament still without ever winning a match in 90 minutes!

The Teranga Lions will face the winner of the Madagascar-Tunisia clash.

This is the first time Senegal have reached the semi-finals since 2002 in Mali where they beat Nigeria 2-1 to reach their first and only AFCON final – losing to then defending champions Cameroun on penalties.