MATCH CENTRE

FRI 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00, CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

1
VS
2

Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal

by Brian Lee

Fri September 15, 18:56

An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)
Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
SENEGAL GOALS NIGER GOALS
Assane Mbodj (61') 11. Zakari Adebayor Adje Victorien (29')
Issoufou Hinsa (88')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
SENEGAL STARTING LINEUP NIGER STARTING LINEUP
Defender
6
Goalkeeper
58'
16
Midfielder
0
23
Midfielder
49'
0
Midfielder
77'
0
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
61'
0
Midfielder
71'
12
Midfielder
0
0
Midfielder
79'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
56'
8
Midfielder
45'
0
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Daouda Gueye Dieme
Midfielder
45'
0
Moussa Amadou Soumana
Midfielder
56'
0
Moussa Marone
Midfielder
49'
0
Issoufou Hinsa
Midfielder
71'
0
Moussa Kalilou Djitte
Midfielder
77'
0
Khaido Kantou Assadeh
Midfielder
79'
0
CARDS
Daouda Kassaly
Goalkeeper
58'
16
Abdoul Magid Moumouni Boubacar
Midfielder
72'
23
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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