AFCON 2019: Senegal scrape through as Uganda stumble

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Sadio Mane netted the only goal of the game as Senagal defeated Uganda in Cairo, to reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The Lions of Teranga, who are seeking a first Africa Cup of Nations triumph, will meet Benin, surprise winners over Morocco, in the last eight in Cairo on 10 July.

Sadio Mane’s goal in the opening minutes of the game concluded a very good start for Senegal.

Uganda were kicking themselves with the way they helped Senagal take the lead, giving the ball away in midfield before Sadio Mane slotted home.

Uganda’s attempts again to play out from the back was foiled by a press by Senegal. Onyango charged off his line and threw himself recklessly at Mane, who shifted the ball wide of him and got flattened. PENALTY!!!

The referee called it and the keeper was extremely lucky not to get sent off for second yellow. Mane squandered the chance to give Senegal some breathing space when his spot kick was saved by Dennis Onyango in the 61st minute.

Senegal’s more direct approach, skillful touches, speed and the dynamism of their attack could be key factors in leading them to the final of the competition.

Mane is leading scorer at the tournament, after scoring his third goal, two of which have come from the spot