Senegal reach World Cup with 2-0 win over South Africa

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Mane has scored two goals for Senegal during their World Cup qualifying campaign; one against Madagascar in November 2015 and one against Burkina Faso in a 2-2 draw in September of this year. Because the referee manipulated the match, but neither team was involved in fixing it, Federation Internationale de Football Association took away South Africa's three points and ordered the game to be replayed.

Compared with South Africa, the team of Senegal is considered less experienced in terms of participation in the final stages of the World Cup, behind them only one performance at the World Championships.

Sadio Mane was in fine form as Senegal beat South Africa 2-0 on Friday to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002.

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Meanwhile, Group D's other teams, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, will do battle in Ouagadougou in another inconsequential match.

Going into the game, South Africa needed an outright win to give hope to their slim chance of making it to Russian Federation.

"My mandate was never about "qualify for the world cup or you go home", I wanna make sure that we're making progress". Nevertheless, in the current campaign for the World Cup in Russian Federation in 2018, the Senegal national team held 4 rounds, in which it did not suffer a single defeat. The last two qualifiers from Africa will be decided on Saturday. Senegal used the contentious replay to seal its place.

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The Kaizer Chiefs shot stopper had been a doubt because of a facial injury sustained last weekend, when he collided with Chippa United midfielder Kurt Lentjies while playing for his club.

He laid on a superb, defence-splitting pass for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho to slot past Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, giving Senegal the flawless start after 12 minutes. South Africa had won the vacated game 2-1 thanks to a dubious penalty call that was at the center of the controversy.

At the stroke of halftime it was Manyama again who went close, with his free kick tipped over the bar by Senegalese goalkeeper, Khadiim Ndiaye.

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