Sadio Mane Shows Liverpool What They’re Missing
Sadio Mane who has had a fantastic season produced another memorable moment as he led Senegal to a win over Tunisia in their first game of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Shortly after his Liverpool team-mates earned a valuable point at Old Trafford, Mane inspired his country to all three points, almost 4,000 miles away in Franceville.
Mane was perhaps not as constantly involved as he might have been, particularly as Senegal sat back in the second half, but as is so often the case it was his pace, skill, and direct running that made the difference, despite an impressive second-half cameo from Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri.
Having started on the back foot, Senegal came to life in the 10th minute, and unsurprisingly it was Mane who was the creative force, combining with West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate.
Sadio Mane has what it takes to lead Senegal to a win
The Liverpool forward drove at a panicking Tunisian defence before slipping the ball to Kouyate. His run drew a thoughtless challenge from Aymen Abdennour, and there was no doubt over the penalty, which Mane dispatched.
Tunisia, usually more compact, threw men forward having fallen behind, and that left a leaden-footed defence dangerously exposed.
With Mane floating from his right wing position, and former Barcelona winger Balde Keita a constant menace on the other flank, the Terranga Lions posed a huge threat on the break.
And on the half-hour mark they doubled their lead, Kara Mbodj rising high to put a thumping header into the corner. There was plenty of power in the effort, but in truth Tunisia captain Aymen Mathlouthi should have done better once he got two hands to it.
The Eagles of Carthage were all at sea defensively, but improved as the game went on, particularly after the introduction of Khazri at the break.
The midfielder very nearly pulled one back direct from a corner, but Abdoulaye Diallo and the post somehow combined to keep it out. Khazri then slipped in Youssef Msakni who forced another good save from Diallo.
Source: Daily Mail
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