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Senegal-Cameroon: Sparkling Sarr, N’Koudou once again lacked realism... The tops and the flops


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Senegal-Cameroon: Sparkling Sarr, N’Koudou once again lacked realism... The tops and the flops


Ismaïla Sarr was the man of all the good moves for Senegal, during the victory against Cameroon (3-1). It was he who started by making the Cameroonian defense dizzy in this first period. He ended up breaking the deadlock for the Lions of Teranga after the quarter of play. On a corner that Onana initially cleared, the ball returned to his feet at the penlaty point. The latter controls and turns around perfectly to face the goal and arm his shot. Zambo Anguissa deflects his attempt and Onana, caught on the wrong foot, can only watch the shot cross the line (1-0, 16th). He continued to make the opposing defense dance and he was also a decisive passer on the second goal with a precise pass between the defenders and the Indomitable Lions goalkeeper for Habib Diallo, who just had to push the ball into a goal empty. He comes out shortly before the end of the match, a solid performance from start to finish.

Lamine Camara was not stingy with his efforts either. Established in midfield, he did not hesitate to project himself in order to give solutions to his attackers in the offensive phase. He was also a major player in recovery, fighting over a considerable number of balls and drawing valuable fouls. It perfectly streamlined the Senegalese game allowing rapid restarts. It is often from him that dangerous situations start, whether recovering at the very beginning of the action, or opening behind the defense to launch his attackers.


Scorer at the very end of the match to bury all Cameroonian hopes, Sadio Mané made up for it well. After a very discreet first half where he hardly weighed on the Cameroonian defense, he got off to a good start on the same bases during the second act. Often imprecise in the last pass, he missed numerous transmissions which could have allowed his team to take a greater advantage much earlier in this meeting. His goal at the very end of the match (3-1, 90th 5th) compensates for his lack of technical accuracy until then.

He was the Cameroonian who tried the most, but not the one who succeeded the most. In the first half he was the only one to try to attack one on one and go behind the defense. Often found, he does not manage to carry out the last gesture to allow his people to be truly dangerous. Geoges-Kévin N'koudou also missed too many set pieces, almost never finding his partners' heads at the end of them. He had the equalizer at the end of his head (90th 4th) but once again failed to adjust his attempt. Behind on the counter, Mané came to destroy all the hopes of the Indomitable Lions.

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