player Liverpool FC On his own, Senegal secured a successful start to the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Teranga Lions won the last edition of the continental competition on February 6 this year in Cameroon. In the final, Egypt was defeated on penalties after a 0-0 draw in normal time. The shooter who made the decision was Sadio Mane at the time.
In the past four months, the attacking player has clearly not lost his composure from this point on in any way. On Saturday, the 30-year-old put his men ahead in the 12th minute with a converted penalty, before ten minutes later making it 2-0. This was also the well-deserved break.
After changing sides, Benin made life too difficult. Midfielder Cisse Dalmeida received a straight red card at the start of the second half after an emergency stop. Then Sadio Mane made the final decision in the 60th minute – again with a penalty kick. Benin’s consolation goal in the 88th minute by Junior Olitan went unheeded.
Mane rose to become Senegal’s top scorer after a hat-trick. With 32 goals, he left other champions like Henri Camara (29) and El Hadj Diouf (24) behind. With 90 competitive games, Mane is only ten games away from overtaking Camara in most matches he has played for the national team.