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Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe: Sadio Mane nets penalty to seal late victory (Video)

Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe

Sadio Mane was the hero as Senegal opened their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a dramatic last-gasp win over Zimbabwe.

The Liverpool forward converted a 97th-minute penalty on Monday to punish Kelvin Madzongwe’s handball as Aliou Cisse’s side kicked off Group B with a hard-fought if unconvincing victory in Bafoussam.

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Top-ranked Senegal are among the favourites to triumph in Cameroon and win the continental competition for the first time in their history, though have seen preparations hampered by a Covid-19 outbreak that left them with only 18 players for their opening fixture.

Captain Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and former Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou are all in isolation, while Saliou Ciss, Bamba Dieng, Mame Baba Thiam, Pape Matar Sarr, Nampalys Mendy and Alfred Gomis were left behind in Dakar due to positive tests.

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