AGONY FOR MANE AS CAMEROON BEAT SENEGAL ON PENALTIES

Sadio Mane agonisingly missed from the spot to allow Cameroon to beat Senegal 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final tie on Saturday.

The match went to penalties after a goalless 120 minutes in the southern Gabonese town of Franceville.

After each side had successfully converted their first four penalties, Liverpool star Mane’s effort was stopped by Fabrice Ondoa in the Cameroon goal.

Vincent Aboubakar then stepped up to score and take the Indomitable Lions through to the last four at the expense of a Senegal side who were widely fancied coming into the tournament.

Cameroon, who also beat Senegal on penalties in the final of the 2002 Cup of Nations, can now look forward to a semi-final tie against either DR Congo or Ghana in Franceville on Thursday.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse had missed the crucial spot-kick in that defeat to Cameroon in 2002, in his country’s only appearance in the Cup of Nations final to date.

Under him the Lions of Teranga had emerged as the team to beat in this year’s competition after comfortably making it through to the last eight, qualifying as winners of Group B with a game to spare.

The Senegal starting line-up showed 10 changes following their 2-2 draw against Algeria in their last outing, with only Kara Mbodj keeping his place.

 

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