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banner Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 19:30 GMT
Lions roar in Kano

The Lions defend territory against the Stallions The Lions defend territory against the Stallions


Senegal 3-1 Burkina Faso

The Lions of Senegal defeated the Stallions of Burkina Faso in their Group C game, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

The opening goal was scored after just four minutes by Greece-based striker, Ousmane Diop, following a defensive blunder by the Burkinabe defence.

But the Stallions nearly equalised in the 21st minute, when their close-range goal-bound shot was blocked by Senegalese goalkeeper, Oumar Diallo.


Senegal's last man in defence Oumar Diallo Last lion in defence, Oumar Diallo

Senegal extended their lead just before half-time, from a free-kick outside the Burkinabe box.

Midfielder Assane Ndiaye was brought down as he ran towards the box.

France-based Papa Sarr, who plays for St Etienne, stepped confidently behind the ball and delivered a strong, long-range, swerving shot that found the Burkinabe goalkeeper Seydou Traore stranded.

A goal each in second half

The Burkinabe put up a brave performance in the second half, pushing forward, but lacking penetration around the box.

Their efforts were however rewarded in the 65th minute when Ousmane Sanou finally got into the penalty area and managed to find the net.

Many more chances were created in this open game, but the Senegalese used their bigger physical presence both in defence and attack to make life difficult for the Burkinabe.

The Lions however, appeared to have resorted to some complacent play, with regular strolling passes after their 2-0 lead.


Anxious Burkina Faso coach Rene Taelman Anxious Burkina Faso coach Rene Taelman

In fact they could have had three more goals, but for some rather poor finishing by Fary Faye and kalidou Fadiga plus some agile goalkeeping by Traore in the Stallions' goal.

But the bad finishing did not stop the Senegalese from putting the game beyond doubt with a long-range shot from Salif Keita in the 86th minute.

Burkina Faso had been tipped as marginal favourites for the game, following the giant strides that they made at the competition they hosted two years ago.

But it is the Senegalese Lions who appeared more purposeful and their victory was much deserved.

And their next test comes on Friday, 28 January, when they clash with the defending champions, Egypt in Kano

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