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AFCON: Senegal Defeats Benin Republic 1-0 To Progress To The Semi-Finals
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AFCON: Senegal Defeats Benin Republic 1-0 To Progress To The Semi-Finals

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Senegal defeated Benin Republic 1-0 on Wednesday to become the first team through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Idrissa Gueye's strike after a fine interchange with Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane saw the Teranga Lions through in Cairo.

The Squirrels of Benin had set out to defend against their more star-studded opponent while hoping for chances on the break.

They had it good in the first half as the Senegalese attack struggled to break them down but pockets of spaces began to open for Mane and his teammates in the second half.

The breakthrough came in the 69th-minute when Everton midfielder, Gueye rifled home after exchanging passes with Mane.

The lead was almost doubled moments later when Mane chipped the keeper but his shot and followup were cleared on the touchline.

Mane thought he had doubled his country's lead when he headed in from a free kick but the linesman raised his flag and after a VAR review, the goal was ruled out.

In the 82nd minute, Verdon was shown a red card for bringing down Gueye when he was through on goal as Benin's first quarter-final appearance ended in defeat.