AFCON 2021: Senegal vs Zimbabwe (1 – 0) Match Summary and Stats

Senegal overcame Zimbabwe 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener thanks to a penalty from Sadio Mane seven minutes into additional time.

In Bafoussam, Zimbabwe’s defeat was brutal, as they made one of the tournament favorites look distinctively ordinary.

Kelvin Madzongwe was ruled to have handled in the fourth minute of stoppage time after turning his back on a shot by Pape Gueye
Senegal got off to a flying start thanks to Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s goal

Due to the absence of numerous players, notably captain Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy, the Senegalese had already wasted a number of opportunities.

Soon before halftime, midfielder Gana Gueye had the best chance, but he was unable to control an easy pass from Mane with the goal in sight.

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Mane had been denied earlier in the half after slithering into space in the box and hitting straight at excellent Zimbabwe goalkeeper Petros Mhari.

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