Sadio Mané put his World Cup disappointment behind him by scoring on his return to international action as Senegal put up a five-star performance against Mozambique, defeating them 5#1 in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Friday.
Mané went behind the defense to strike home a pass by Youssouf Sabaly with his left foot for the reigning African champion’s second goal in Dakar.
Mane’s return was welcomed with a convincing win over Mozambique and it was his first game for Senegal since before the World Cup.
Earlier, Youssouf Sabaly scored the first goal in the ninth minute of the match, Mané made it two in the 16th, and Iliman Ndiaye and Boulaye Dia ensured Senegal led 4#0 at halftime.
Habib Diallo sent a diving header in for the fifth with two minutes to go.
Gildo Vilanculos got Mozambique’s only goal when he headed a parry by Alfred Gomis straight back past the Senegal goalkeeper to make it 4#1 early in the second half.
Senegal didn’t allow that to threaten its dominance and controlled the rest of the game, with Mané at one point urging his team not to settle for 4#1 and go forward in search of more goals. Diallo eventually delivered one.
The victory keeps Senegal at the top of Group L with 9 points in three matches.
Mozambique remains second with 4 points.
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