Senegal beat Togo to get qualifying campaign off to positive start
Wednesday Sep 01, 2021. 21:01
Senegal got their CAF second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a positive start, beating Togo 2-0 at Stade Lat-Dior in Thies on Wednesday.
The Lions of Teranga are overwhelming favourites to progress onto the third round of qualifying from a group which also includes Congo and Namibia, but had to show a lot of patience against a determined Sparrowhawks outfit.
Senegal huffed and puffed in the first-half, but Togo’s defence held firm to go into the half-time break on level pegging.
The hosts put the game to bed through Abdou Diallo, who capped a superb performance with a goal, in the 81st minute of the match. The ball fell favourably for the centre-back from a corner-kick and he made no mistake with a crisp left-footed finish that whistled into the back of the net.
Senegal (0) 2 (Mane 56′ A. Diallo 81′)
Togo (0) 0
Senegal: Mendy; Ciss, Koulibaly, A. Diallo, Kouyate (Lopy 72′), Gueye, P.Sarr (H. Diallo 73′), Mane, I. Sarr (Ballo Toure 87′), Dia (Sima 82′), Mbaye (Balde 73′).
Togo: Barcola; Dakonam, Agbozo, Olufade, Tchoutchoui, Nadjombe (Fessou 64′), Eninful, Henen (Denkey 80′), Aholou (Nya-Vedji 57′), Sunu (Tchakei 57′), Laba.