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Senegal vs Zimbabwe. Africa Cup of Nations Group B.

Kouekong Stadium.

Senegal 1

  • S Mané (97th minute pen)

Zimbabwe 0

    Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe: Sadio Mane's 97th-minute penalty gets AFCON runners-up off to winning start

    Match report and free highlights as Sadio Mane's penalty in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time gives Senegal a 1-0 win over unfancied Zimbabwe; Kelvin Madzongwe's handball gives the Liverpool forward his opportunity from 12 yards in game of few chances in Bafoussam

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    Highlights of the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Senegal and Zimbabwe

    Sadio Mane converted a penalty more than six minutes into injury time as Senegal escaped with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe to open their African Cup of Nations campaign.

    Mane sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and drilled the penalty into the left-hand corner after Senegal produced a misfiring first performance in Cameroon for much of the game.

    Senegal never looked like Africa's top-ranked team, nor a team playing an opposition ranked 101 places below them.

    But the chance for a winner finally came after Zimbabwe's Kelvin Madzongwe was penalised for handball in the fourth minute of injury time.

    Zimbabwe protested vehemently but referee Mario Escobar of Guatemala stuck by his decision after referring to VAR. Madzongwe had thrown himself to the ground trying to block a shot and the ball struck his arm.

    After Mane's penalty, Escobar whistled for full-time as soon as Zimbabwe kicked off.

    Senegal played without goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and captain Kalidou Koulibaly, who were among a group of players ruled out for the game after testing positive for coronavirus.

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    The game was the first of four matches on the second day of AFCON. It was played in the western city of Bafoussam, where a tiny crowd turned up to watch one of the title favourites.

    Sky Sports to show AFCON live

    Sky Sports to show AFCON live

    The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.

    Senegal lost in the final to Algeria at the last African Cup of Nations in 2019 and are still searching for their first African title.

    What's next?

    Senegal take on Guinea at 1pm on Friday, live on Sky Sports Football.

    In the other Group B fixture, Malawi face Zimbabwe at 4pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

    Sky Sports to show AFCON live

    The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in January and February.

    The tournament, originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, will be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022, with Sky Sports showing all 52 games live.

    Twenty-four teams will take part, kicking off on January 9 as hosts Cameroon host Burkina Faso in Yaounde, before culminating in the final on February 6 in the capital.

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