The defending champions Senegal defeated Benin 3-1 in Group L of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, on June 4, 2022 in Diaminiadio. The Senegalese won thanks to a hat-trick from Sadio Mane, who became the top scorer in Lions history when he was just 30 years old.
It was another almost perfect evening for the Senegal team at the Stade Diamendio Abdoulaye Wade. On June 4, 2022, his supporters are still getting what they deserve.
In front of an enchanting crowd, the African champion has already made a perfect start to the match against Benin. Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a penalty kick after a handball by defender David Keke in his penalty area (1-0, 12). In the 22nd minute, Mane took the goal twice to deceive the rival goalkeeper Saturnin Alagbe (2-0). In the 25th minute, the bar recovers from the thigh. 3-0 wasn’t far away…
When abused, squirrels can blow about half an hour into play, because the lighting problem leads to a short game interruption. Then their striker, Steve Monet, forced the competing goalkeeper, Edward Mendy, to intervene (31). After the break, Monet threatens with a curling shot flying the Senegalese tire (47th place).
XXL Sadio Mane
But in the 50th minute, the game changed again: midfielder Cisse Dalmeida was sent off for a fatal error in the position of the last defender over Mane. Shrinking to 10 for 11, Benin broke again an hour later, conceding a second penalty for a foul on Ismail Sarr. Sadio Mane made himself a hat-trick: 3-0, 60th place. With this 32nd achievement, the Lions striker star becomes the best scorer in the history of Senegal, ahead of Henri Camara (31 goals).
Then Alieu Cisse’s followers quietly manage their efforts. Very calmly, moreover, because in the 88th minute, Junior Olitan, who ran deep, took the opportunity to reduce the score with a cross shot (3-1).
In three days, Senegal will host Amaafube of Rwanda to try to take the lead in the Group L standings. 2023 Africa Cup of Nations It got off to a good start for Senegal. Benin will play the Mozambicans on June 8th.
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