MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 JULY 2019, 18:00, 30 JUNE STADIUM, CAIRO

1
VS
0

Teranga Lions outclass Benin

by BackPageTXT

Wed July 10, 20:03

Senegal claimed a narrow but deserved 1-0 win over Benin to become the first team to advance into the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye scored the only goal of the match at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Thursday, securing the Teranga Lions a place in the final four of the AFCON for the first time since 2006.

Chances were hard to come by in the first half, with the defences very much on top. Senegal generally enjoyed the greater share of possession, but they struggled to penetrate Benin’s resilient rearguard, led by the excellent Olivier Verdon.

Senegal star Sadio Mane had a sight of goal relatively early on, but he was denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe and had also been flagged offside anyway.

Just past the midway point of the first half, Benin had their first moment of threat in attack, with Mickael Pote sending a shot just wide of the mark following a free kick for the Squirrels.

The last notable incident before the interval was a scramble in the Benin box in which the Teranga Lions saw several attempts blocked by last-ditch tackles, leaving the teams locked at 0-0 after 45 minutes.

The second half was immediately more open and entertaining, with Pote and Mbaye Niang missing out on good chances at either end within the opening six minutes after the restart, before Kalidou Koulibaly’s header found the back of the net but was ruled out for offside.

The Teranga Lions made a double change a few minutes after the hour mark, with Krepin Diatta and Mbaye Diagne replacing Keita Balde and the injured Niang respectively.

Yet it was Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis who nearly made headlines with an attempted pass from deep in his box which slid off his instep and rolled just wide of the posts, narrowly avoiding a howler of an own goal.

With the match seemingly ambling back into tedium, Senegal claimed the lead on 70 minutes: Mane’s great footwork teed up a chance for the hard-running Idrissa Gueye, who burst into the box and fired a shot past Allagbe for 1-0.

The Lions certainly didn’t rest on their laurels after going ahead, as within five minutes of their goal they saw Mane denied by a great save from Allagbe, had an effort ruled out for a narrow offside call, and came close in a penalty area scramble from which the Squirrels somehow escaped unscathed.

Benin were reduced to 10 men in the 83rd minute when Verdon pulled down Gueye just outside the penalty area as the last man, effectively ruling out any realistic chance of a comeback. Senegal saw out the remainder of the game in relative comfort to secure a semifinal berth against either Madagascar or Tunisia.

Senegal (0) 1 (Gueye 70’)
Benin 0

Senegal: Gomis, Gassama, Kouyate, Koulibaly, Sabaly, Ndiaye, Saivet, Gueye (Sane 89’), Balde (Diatta 65’), Niang (Diagne 64’), Mane

Benin: Allagbe, Baraze, Adilehou, Verdon, Imorou, Soukou (Djigla 81’), D’Almeida (Seibou 69’), Adeoti, Sessegnon, Pote (Dossou 77’), Mounie

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
QUARTER FINALS 30 JUNE STADIUM, CAIRO
SENEGAL GOALS BENIN GOALS
5. Idrissa Gueye (70')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2 1
SENEGAL STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
8
Defender
11
3
Defender
13
Defender
21
Defender
83'
6
Defender
12
Defender
2
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
70'
89'
5
Midfielder
69'
15
Midfielder
65'
11
Forward/Striker
44'
81'
14
Midfielder
17
Forward/Striker
77'
10
Forward/Striker
64'
9
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
10
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Mbaye Diagne
Forward/Striker
64'
19
Mama Seibou
Midfielder
69'
18
Krepin Diatta
Midfielder
65'
15
Jodel Dossou
Forward/Striker
77'
20
Salif Sane
Defender
89'
6
David Djigla
Forward/Striker
81'
7
CARDS
Sadio Mane
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
10
Cebio Soukou
Forward/Striker
44'
14
Olivier Verdon
Defender
83'
6
Steve Mounie
Forward/Striker
90 + 3'
9
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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