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Senegal cap off 2018 qualifiers with last-gasp win over SA – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Senegal players celebrate

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 23:44

Senegal capped off a successful 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Group D rivals South Africa in Dakar on Tuesday night.

The match at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor was merely academic, with the Teranga Lions having already secured a place at Russia 2018 by winning 2-0 in Polokwane at the weekend, but still saw Bafana Bafana put in a much improved performance.

However, they were denied what would have been a creditable draw when Kara Mbodji scored a header with virtually the last action of the match, deep in injury time.

The start of the match was delayed by a few minutes as the stadium floodlights failed just before the scheduled kick off. South Africa created an early chance for Morgan Gould when he got onto a knock-down from Clayton Daniels but could only volley over the target.

South Africa were generally happy to sit back and look to hit on the counter attack, with the pace and skill of Percy Tau providing a good outlet, though too often the Mamelodi Sundowns man was left isolated.

Yet Tau still managed to tee up the best chance of the first half, chesting the ball to meet the movement of Sibusiso Vilakazi, who was denied by a fine reaction save from Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis in the 37th minute.

Senegal upped their game in the second half and…

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