Sadio Mane misses in shootout as Senegal crash out
Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final, Stade de Franceville – Senegal 0-0 Cameroon (Cameroon win 5-4 on penalties)
Sadio Mane missed the decisive penalty in a shootout to send favourites Senegal tumbling out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
After the first eight spot kicks were all scored, the Liverpool forward saw his effort straight down the middle saved by Fabrice Ondoa before Vincent Aboubakar emphatically dispatched his penalty into the top corner to send Cameroon through to the semi-finals.
Senegal had dominated regulation time but struggled to create any clear-cut chances as Cameroon were content to sit deep and looked to be playing for penalties from the outset.
Mame Biram Diouf and Cheikhou Kouyate squandered Senegal’s best chances, both shooting over, and in the end they had goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo to thank for the game going to penalties as he made a smart save to deny Aboubakar in extra time.
Mane looked distraught at the end and had to helped off the field by manager Aliou Cisse, who famously missed the decisive penalty for Senegal against the same opposition in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Cameroon will face either Ghana or DR Congo in the same stadium on Thursday.
Vincent Aboubakar celebratesAFP
Did the favourites tag weigh heavy on Senegal? Having topped Group B and been the most impressive team of the tournament for far, Senegal looked short of ideas and nothing like a team you’d expect to be lifting a trophy next weekend. They moved the ball too slowly, couldn’t get their star man Mane into the game and he then choked in the shootout. It's amazing to think that for all of the talented players that they've produced over the years they've only been to one final.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Keita Balde Diao (Senegal): Pace, strength, a great first touch and plenty of tricks, Keita has all the ingredients to be a superstar. Not everything he tried came off but he looked the most dangerous player on the pitch and should have had a penalty in the second half. With him and Mane on the wings, at least the future looks bright.
Senegal supporters cheer ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Senegal and Cameroon in Franceville on January 28, 201AFP
20’ – CHANCE! Despite attention from three defenders Keita manufactures some room to cross and when he does the ball is headed straight up into the air by Teikeu but with the goalkeeper out of position Kouyate heads over.
27’ – CHANCE! Keita improvises after a loose touch from Mane to chest the ball through for Diouf who pokes narrowly over before clattering into the onrushing Ondoa.
51’ – PENALTY APPEAL! Keita squares up Fai in the box and nutmegs him before going down after a coming together of legs but the referee says no penalty.
54’ – SAVE! Mane gets free down the right and his dinked cross is met by Diouf but he heads straight at Ondoa who saves and then collects at the second attempt under pressure.
Sadio Mane, SenegalAFP
67’ – SAVE! Great stop! Bassogog's shot inadvertently sets up Moukandjo no more than ten yards from goal but Diallo shows speedy reactions to get down and keep the second shot out.
105+1’ – SAVE! What a chance! Aboubakar plays a one-two with fellow sub Mandjeck to go through on goal but Diallo parries his close-range shot away.
PENALTY SAVE! Mane steps up with the scores level at 4-4 and it's saved! Not far from the middle and Ondoa saves one-handed! If Cameroon score next, they're through!
PENALTY SCORED! He scores! Aboubakar smashes it into the top corner! Favourites Senegal are going home!
Cameroon: Ondoa 7, Fai 6, Teikeu 6, Ngadeu 6, Oyongo 6, Siani, Djoum, Moukandjo, Bassogog 6, Toko 5, Tambe 5. Subs: Zoua 5, Aboubakar 6, Mandjeck 6.
Cameroon have made the semi-finals eight times before, going on to win the tournament on four of those occasions.
Senegal have lost both shootouts they've had with Cameroon.