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Senegal, Ivory Coast reach last 16 at African Cup

July 03, 2019 00:00:00

Sadio Mane made amends by scoring twice after missing an early penalty to see Senegal through to the knockout stage at the African Cup of Nations on Monday, reports AP.

Mane netted in the 71st minute and got it right with his second penalty of the game in the 78th as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 to take second in Group C and make the last 16.

Ismaila Sarr scored the first for Senegal in the 63rd, burying a volley in the top left corner as the team rated as a contender for the title took over an hour to break down Kenya in its must-win final group game at 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

Algeria, which had already qualified, won the group with a 3-0 win over Tanzania.

Ivory Coast also progressed on Monday.

The Ivorians beat Namibia 4-1 to also clinch second in Group D in their last match. Morocco finished first in that group after beating South Africa 1-0.

Mane looked for the bottom left corner with his first-half penalty against Kenya but it was weak and goalkeeper Patrick Matasi saved.

Matasi was to blame for Senegal's opening goal, though. He rushed out to punch away a cross and missed and Sarr, with his back to goal, hooked a volley in to give the West Africans the lead.

Mane's first came on a quick break when he chased a long pass, muscled his way past two Kenyan defenders and slipped a shot past Matasi from the edge of the area.

Kenya defender Philemon Otieno was given a second yellow card and sent off for ramming his studs into the shin of Sarr to give Senegal a second penalty.

Mane opted for the bottom right corner this time and he beat Matasi's dive.

Mane matched Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of Egypt with two goals in the group stage of the tournament.

Ivory Coast, the 2015 African champion, led Namibia 2-0 through goals by Max Gradel and Serey Die. Joslin Kamatuka took advantage of a miscued clearance by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo to make it 2-1 with just under 20 minutes to go.

But the Ivorians scored twice more in the last six minutes with slick finishes by Wilfried Zaha and Maxwel Cornet.

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