Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Senegal earn 2-0 victory over Tanzania

Inter Milan forward Keita Balde celebrates scoring for Senegal
Aliou Cisse's Senegal have won seven successive matches

Senegal began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a routine victory over Group C rivals Tanzania in Cairo.

Aliou Cisse's side - among the tournament favourites - went ahead through Inter Milan forward Keita Balde's low finish after 28 minutes.

Krepin Diatta blasted in a second from the edge of the box with 64 minutes gone as the Teranga Lions dominated.

Senegal are Africa's highest placed nation in Fifa's world rankings at 22nd but have never won the tournament.

Algeria take on Kenya in Group C's other opening match later on Sunday.

Without suspended Liverpool forward Sadio Mane for their opening match, Senegal wasted a host of chances as they peppered their opponents' goal with 24 shots.

Tanzania, making a first appearance in 39 years following their 1980 debut, had goalkeeper Aishi Manula to thank early on as the 23-year-old twice denied M'Baye Niang in the opening six minutes.

Two minutes after slotting in to the bottom corner, Balde should have added the 2017 quarter-finalists' second but blazed over from Ismaila Sarr's cut-back.

Rennes forward Sarr - a persistent nuisance - had a goal disallowed midway through the first half as Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate was penalised for handball in the build-up, while Badou Ndiaye's ambitious overhead kick flew over the crossbar.

Manula again came to the rescue for Tanzania after the interval, stretching to guide a Diatta header to safety and smothering an effort from Sarr as the 131st-ranked side remained in touch.

But Senegal were untroubled at the back and Club Brugge midfielder Diatta made the points safe for Cisse's side with an excellent first-time strike.

Senegal now face Algeria on Thursday (18:00 BST), while Tanzania take on Kenya later that day (21:00 BST).

Analysis

by BBC Africa's Nick Cavell:

Senegal were far better. They should have scored many more than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

This Teranga Lions team is the most balanced it has been for a few years. They looked good - but Tanzania made them look excellent.

There will be far tougher tests to come for Senegal. Tanzania tried to be physical but they were reduced to putting in foul after foul to try to stop the Senegalese charge. All this - and Senegal still have Mane come back.

Line-ups

Senegal

  • 16Mendy
  • 22Wagué
  • 6SanéSubstituted forKouyatéat 23'minutes
  • 3Koulibaly
  • 12Sabaly
  • 17B NdiayeBooked at 14mins
  • 18Sarr
  • 15Diatta
  • 5Gueye
  • 11KeitaSubstituted forThioubat 73'minutes
  • 9NiangSubstituted forKonatéat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Diallo
  • 2Ciss
  • 4Cissé
  • 7Konaté
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 13A N'Diaye
  • 14Saivet
  • 19Diagne
  • 20Thioub
  • 21Gassama
  • 23Gomis

Tanzania

  • 18Manula
  • 22KhamisBooked at 90mins
  • 6Mwantika
  • 5Yondani
  • 2Michael
  • 23Yahya AbbasSubstituted forDomayaat 84'minutes
  • 3Salum AbdallaBooked at 9minsSubstituted forMussaat 44'minutes
  • 7MaoBooked at 35mins
  • 12MsuvaBooked at 63minsSubstituted forUlimwenguat 66'minutes
  • 14Bocco
  • 10Samatta

Substitutes

  • 1Kalambo
  • 4Nyoni
  • 8Domaya
  • 9Yussuf
  • 11Ulimwengu
  • 13Mnata
  • 15Hussein
  • 16Mandawa
  • 17Mussa
  • 19Philipo
  • 20Mtoni
  • 21Zayd Omary
Referee:
Sadok Selmi
Attendance:
7,249

Match Stats

Home TeamSenegalAway TeamTanzania
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home24
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Senegal 2, Tanzania 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Senegal 2, Tanzania 0.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by John Bocco.

Booking

Hassan Khamis (Tanzania) is shown the yellow card.

Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hassan Khamis (Tanzania).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Senegal).

Foul by Krépin Diatta (Senegal).

Farid Mussa (Tanzania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sada Thioub.

Substitution

Substitution, Tanzania. Frank Domaya replaces Mudathir Yahya.

Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Himid Mao (Tanzania).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Moussa Konaté replaces M'Baye Niang.

Corner, Tanzania. Conceded by Moussa Wagué.

Corner, Tanzania. Conceded by Youssouf Sabaly.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Krépin Diatta (Senegal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mudathir Yahya (Tanzania).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Mudathir Yahya (Tanzania).

Krépin Diatta (Senegal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Farid Mussa (Tanzania).

Sada Thioub (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Himid Mao (Tanzania).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Sada Thioub replaces Keita.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal).

Thomas Ulimwengu (Tanzania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Tanzania. Himid Mao tries a through ball, but Mbwana Aly Samatta is caught offside.

Offside, Senegal. Krépin Diatta tries a through ball, but M'Baye Niang is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tanzania. Thomas Ulimwengu replaces Saimon Msuva.

Foul by Krépin Diatta (Senegal).

Mudathir Yahya (Tanzania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Senegal 2, Tanzania 0. Krépin Diatta (Senegal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Hassan Khamis.

Attempt blocked. M'Baye Niang (Senegal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Youssouf Sabaly.

Booking

Saimon Msuva (Tanzania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uganda11002023
2Egypt11001013
3Zimbabwe100101-10
4DR Congo100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea10102201
3Madagascar10102201
4Burundi100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria11002023
2Senegal11002023
3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco11001013
2Ivory Coast00000000
3South Africa00000000
4Namibia100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Angola00000000
2Mali00000000
3Mauritania00000000
4Tunisia00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benin00000000
2Cameroon00000000
3Ghana00000000
4Guinea-Bissau00000000
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