CAN 2021: Unexpected victory for an uninspired Senegal

The Group B clash between Senegal and Guinea ended in a goalless draw in Bafoussam. The two selections are therefore not yet qualified for the round of 16, even if it is off to a good start.

Before the meeting between Malawi and Zimbabwe, the 2nd day of Group B of this 2021 African Cup of Nations began with an enticing Senegal-Guinea this Friday afternoon at Kouekong Stadium. After their 1-0 win against Zimbabwe, the Teranga Lions could qualify for the round of 16 if they win today, but the objective was exactly the same for Sily National, who had come out of the Malawi in the 1st trick (1-0). For this small group final, Aliou Cissé organized his team in 4-2-3-1 with Mané behind Dia. Opposite, Kaba Diawara left on a 5-3-2 with Red Keita in the midfield in particular. The visitors on paper started the match better against the Parisian Diallo and his partners. The proof, moreover, with this thrill in front of goal and this fleeing returning corner (2nd).

The Guineans clearly mastered the debates in the first half, and the Senegalese really struggled to offer us something interesting. Sylla even got a great opportunity before the half-hour mark with a shot that was well blocked (27′). But the biggest opportunity came a few moments later with Guilavogui who stumbled on Dieng before a Senegalese defender saved his whole team by sending the leather for a corner (31st). Very attractive, Guinea returned to the locker room with full confidence, but without a goal lead on the scoreboard against a very disappointing Senegal. Kaba Diawara’s selection left on the same basis after half-time, since Bayo made the wrong choice in the area (46th) when Mbaye did not get a penalty (47th).

Both nations with 4 points
But after almost an hour without any real opportunity, the Teranga Lions finally managed to create danger in the second period. On a cross from the left, Abdou Diallo saw Keita slam his attempt (56th). Aliou Cissé’s men really raised their level of play to disturb the Guineans. With this score of 0-0, the two managers then made some changes to try to shake things up but the meeting was really struggling to get carried away. The game was sometimes interrupted by a few faults but overall, the two goalkeepers did not have a lot of work. The former Marseillais Sarr then tried to make the difference with a direct free kick, in vain (82nd).

It was also on a set piece that Conte tried to respond to the side of Bayern Munich, but the Guinean did not fit his attempt either (88th). Finally, with two shots on target for the Senegalese side and only one for Sily National, the two selections did not make the difference and the nets never trembled. Senegal and Guinea left with a sad 0-0, not doing anyone’s business in the Group B classification. On the 3rd and last day, the Lions of Teranga will challenge Malawi when the Guineans will cross swords with the Zimbabwe.


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