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Malawi v Senegal Match Report, 19/1/22

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Afcon 2021: Unconvincing Senegal advance to knockout phase alongside Guinea
5:50 am AEDT 19/1/22
Boulaye Dia and Chembezi Denis in Senegal vs Malawi 2021 Afcon
The Teranga Lions struggled to put off the Flames as the National Elephants fell to Zimbabwe

Senegal have sealed their place in the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations despite being held to a goalless draw by Malawi on Tuesday night.

The Teranga Lions came into the match as favourites, however, they did not have it easy against the Flames who have been determined to get past the group stage.

After Habib Diallo failed to hit the target for the West Africans from a cross in the sixth minute, a real scare for Malawi came in the seventh minute.

Sadio Mane beat his markers before making a yard for himself in the danger zone, but his goal-bound effort was deflected out for an unfruitful corner.

The Flames replied in the 17th minute when Khuda Muyaba unleashed a fierce strike that narrowly missed the target with the goalkeeper well beaten.

The favourites struggled to get the better of their opponents, failing to create meaningful chances in the final third.

In the 38th minute, the impressive Gabadinho Mhango initiated a solo run on the left, went past two defenders before his attempted pass was intercepted by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Charles Thomu pulled off a brilliant save to deny Diallo in the 48th minute after a promising set-piece.

Malawi thought they had won a penalty in the 75th minute when the referee adjudged Bouna Sarr to have made an unfair challenge in the danger zone. However, after VAR intervention, the initial decision to reward a penalty was reversed.

The game ended with Famara Diedhiou wasting a massive opportunity. He received a good cross in the penalty area but his feeble effort was saved.

Guinea joined the 2019 finalists in the knockout phase despite losing 2-1 to Zimbabwe at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

It took the Warriors just 26 minutes to get their first goal. The National Elephants conceded a corner which was delivered by Never Tigere and the unmarked Knowledge Musona rose highest node home.

With two minutes left to the half-time break, Admiral Muskwe teed up Kudakwashe Mahachi for the second.

Four minutes after the restart, Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita received a promising ball outside the area, and he unleashed a powerful shot that beat the goalkeeper to halve the deficit.

Senegal finished top of the group with five points, with Guinea coming second with a point fewer, with Malawi coming in third with as many points.