Africa Cup of Nations - Group B
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Afcon 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores as Senegal beat Tunisia

Senegal
The Senegal supporters have never seen their side win the tournament

Senegal began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with victory over Tunisia in Group B.

Tunisia almost took the lead in the opening two minutes, but Ahmed Akaichi's header skimmed the post and he smashed a shot narrowly wide.

In between, Senegal took the lead through Sadio Mane's penalty after Cheikhou Kouyate had been hacked down.

Kara Mbodj powerfully headed in a second, and almost scored an own goal when his clearance struck the post.

Tunisia were guilty of missing plenty of chances, in particular Youssef Msakni, who headed wide from two yards out and shot straight at Abdoulaye Diallo in the second half.

Victory for Aliou Cisse's side means they top their group after Algeria's surprising 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe.

Senegal's year?

Tunisia have won the tournament once, in 2004, but Senegal have never lifted the crown. Their best performance came in 2002 when they lost on penalties to Cameroon.

This year could be a different story with a side containing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, West Ham's Kouyate and Everton's Idrissa Gueye in midfielder, as well as Liverpool's Mane.

Africa's most expensive player - following his £34m move from Southampton to the Reds in the summer - caused the Tunisian backline problems with his pace and coolly tucked his spot-kick into the left corner.

Senegal could have had another, but Ismaila Sarr's cross came back off the bar in the second half.

Line-ups

Tunisia

  • 16Mathlouthi
  • 21Naguez
  • 2Ben Youssef
  • 3AbdennourBooked at 9mins
  • 12Maâloul
  • 13Sassi
  • 15AzouniSubstituted forKhazriat 45'minutes
  • 8Lahmar
  • 23Sliti
  • 7Msakni
  • 9AkaichiSubstituted forKhenissiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jridi
  • 4Boughattas
  • 5Kchouk
  • 6Dhaouadi
  • 10Khazri
  • 11Khenissi
  • 14Ben Amor
  • 17Mathlouthi
  • 18Khalil
  • 19Khalifa
  • 20Ali Yacoubi
  • 22Ben Cherifia

Senegal

  • 1Diallo
  • 21Gassama
  • 2Kara Mbodji
  • 3KoulibalyBooked at 41mins
  • 4M'BengueBooked at 36mins
  • 17NdiayeSubstituted forSaivetat 72'minutes
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forDiopat 88'minutes
  • 5Gueye
  • 20Balde DiaoSubstituted forSarrat 62'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 9Diouf

Substitutes

  • 6Diedhiou
  • 7Sow
  • 11Ndoye
  • 12Diamé
  • 13Konate
  • 14Toure
  • 15Diop
  • 16N'Diaye
  • 18Sarr
  • 19Ciss
  • 22Saivet
  • 23Ndiaye
Referee:
Néant Alioum

Match Stats

Home TeamTunisiaAway TeamSenegal
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Tunisia 0, Senegal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tunisia 0, Senegal 2.

Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal).

Attempt missed. Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia) with an attempt from very close range is too high. Assisted by Hamdi Naguez with a cross.

Foul by Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia).

Henri Saivet (Senegal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia).

Papakouly Diop (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Tunisia. Naim Sliti tries a through ball, but Youssef Msakni is caught offside.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Senegal).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Papakouly Diop replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Foul by Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

Sadio Mané (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal).

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Henri Saivet (Senegal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hamza Lahmar.

Offside, Senegal. Sadio Mané tries a through ball, but Kalidou Koulibaly is caught offside.

Offside, Senegal. Henri Saivet tries a through ball, but Mame Biram Diouf is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Naim Sliti.

Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal).

Attempt missed. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Henri Saivet replaces Papa Alioune Ndiaye.

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Sadio Mané (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ali Maâloul with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Kara.

Attempt blocked. Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Attempt missed. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Taha Yassine Khenissi replaces Ahmed Akaichi.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kara (Senegal).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Ismaila Sarr replaces Keita.

Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burkina Faso10101101
2Cameroon10101101
3Gabon10101101
4Guinea-Bissau10101101

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal11002023
2Algeria10102201
3Zimbabwe10102201
4Tunisia100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1DR Congo00000000
2Ivory Coast00000000
3Morocco00000000
4Togo00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt00000000
2Ghana00000000
3Mali00000000
4Uganda00000000
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