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Senegal qualifies for second World Cup after beating South Africa

13 November, 2017, 02:39 | Author: Joan Malone
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This marks the first time that the African nation have qualified for the World Cup since 2002, during which they claimed a memorable victory over then defending Champions France who featured the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association website, Diafra Sakho scored the opener for the visitors in Polokwane, before a somewhat fortuitous Thamsanqa Mkhize own goal sealed the three points for the Lions of Teranga.

Though Senegal will still host South Africa in their final qualification match on Tuesday in Dakar, it would not reflect affect Senegal's qualification as they have already opened a five-point gap in the group. Two achievements that were enough for Aliou Cissé's men to win this match who have lost in November 2016 because of a poor referee decision. On Saturday; Tunisia could qualify if they secure a point against Libya, whiles Morocco and Ivory Coast play for the fifth and final slot same day.

Baxter's side were beaten 2-0 by the Lions of Teranga on Friday as their hopes of playing in Russian Federation next year were slashed, and they will now be playing for nothing but pride in Dakar on Tuesday evening.

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South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend. The Hammers striker calmly put Mane's assist into the back of the net in the 12th minute.

The home side might have equalised midway through the first half when Themba Zwane's shot was only parried by Senegal keeper Khadim N'Diaye, and Percy Tau turned home the rebound.

South Africa came even close soon after when Lebogang Manyama swept a low cross against the crossbar and Senegal hastily cleared the loose ball.

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