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Senegal Player Ratings: Super-subs Kouyate and Sarr standout against Equatorial Guinea

1:02 PM IST 31/01/22
Famara Diedhiou - Senegal
GOAL assesses the performances of Aliou Cisse's men following their quarter-final victory at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Sunday.

  • CAN 2022 Sénégal Edouard Mendy Saliou Ciss

    Edouard Mendy - 7/10

    Mendy was barely tested in Sunday's encounter, however, he was beaten by Equatorial Guinea's first shot on target in the 57th minute.

  • Bouna Sarr of Senegal Afcon 2021.

    Bouna Sarr - 5/10

    With no significant contribution, the Bayern Munich right-back was found wanting when it mattered.

  • Saliou Ciss of Senegal in Afcon 2021.

    Saliou Ciss - 8/10

    Ciss played a major role in the build-up to the third goal. It started with his fine control then his run into the box before cutting back to set up Sarr to score.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Senegal

    Kalidou Koulibaly 7-10

    Another solid performance from the captain and he was lucky to have a penalty call against him ruled out after the restart.

  • Abdou Diallo of Senegal.

    Abdou Diallo - 7/10

    The 25-year-old continued his fine partnership with Koulibaly and it helped limit the attacking threats of Equatorial Guinea.

  • Nampalys Mendy, Senegal, January 2022

    Nampalys Mendy - 8/10

    The Leicester City midfielder pulled the strings in the middle of the park which contributed to Senegal's dominance.

    His performance earned him the Man of the Match award.

  • CAN 2022 - Sénégal-Zimbabwe - Idrissa Gueye

    Idrissa Gueye - 7.5/10

    The midfield general shielded the defence with crucial tackles on several occasions.

  • Pape Gueye Braga-OM

    Pape Gueye - 5/10

    Received a yellow card in the 18th minute and he made no significant impact before his replacement after the hour-mark.

  • Boulaye Dia and Chembezi Denis in Senegal vs Malawi 2021 Afcon

    Boulaye Dia - 5/10

    The Villarreal forward continues his goal drought in the tournament. On Sunday, Dia lacked the spice to add flavour to the Teranga Lions' attack.

  • Sadio Mane Senegal 2022

    Sadio Mane - 8.5/10

    His work rate and runs constantly unsettled the National Thunder defence, though he had no shot on target in the game.

    Mane played in a lovely through ball in the 28th minute that led to the opening goal.

  • Famara Diedhiou Senegal

    Famara Diedhiou 8/10

    The Alanyaspor star scored his first goal in Cameroon by finishing off Mane's assist and his presence upfront kept the Equatorial Guinea defenders on their toes.

  • Ismaila Sarr of Senegal.

    Ismaila Sarr - 8.5/10

    The Watford player was introduced in the 57th minute for his first game since he suffered a knee injury on November 20.

    He was well-positioned to secure Senegal's progress into the semis with his 79th-minute strike.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate of Senegal headers a cross ball during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Cheikhou Kouyate - 8.5/10

    The combative midfielder was introduced in the 64th minute and he produced a super-sub moment as his first touch went straight into the back of the net.

    Kouyate was at alert to take advantage of a defensive mix-up and put the Teranga Lions ahead again in the 67th minute.