SUN 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

4 Senegal
VS
0 Benin

Senegal look to bounce back against Benin.

Senegal look to bounce back against Benin.
Koukpo Marcellin of Benin fouled by Ouattara Ousmane Adama of Cote D Ivore during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 19:22

Senegal will look to bounce back to semifinal contention in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they take on Benin in a Group B clash at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday evening, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

Senegal went into their group opener against Niger as clear favourites, but they conceded a late goal to Hinsa Issoufou and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat which leaves them level with Ivory Coast (who also suffered a surprise loss) on zero points at the bottom of the standings.

“Let me first congratulate our opponents Niger for winning this match,” said Teranga Lions coach Moustapha Seck after the loss.

“Who said Senegal is a favourite for the tournament? All the teams here are equal only for the players on the pitch to fight to change things.

“Our first match wasn't good but today we tried to change things, but our attackers could not take those chances and football is like that.We hope to see what we can do for our next match against Benin on Sunday.”

Their opponents, Benin, will be high on confidence after beating Ivory Coast 1-0 thanks to a strike from Charbel Gomez. The result left them level with Niger on three points and within touching distance of a place in the final four.

The Squirrels and coach Oumar Tchomogo will look to keep up the spirit and determination which has seen them overcome two much-fancied opponents at the tournament in Ghana (they also beat Cape Verde in the last 16).

Senegal and Benin have met in five previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Teranga Lions have claimed four wins - with none for the Squirrels - and outscored their opponents seven goals to three in the process.

Senegal v Benin, head-to-head

Matches played 5
Senegal wins 4
Benin wins 0
Draws 1
Senegal goals 7
Benin goals 3

Teranga Lions devour Squirrels

Teranga Lions devour Squirrels
Aboki Wariss of Benin challenged by Mamadoy El Fadel of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 21:59

Senegal were in rampant form in front of goal as they beat Benin 4-0 in a 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations, Group B match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Senegal started like a house on fire and should have taken the lead in the first minute when Moussa Djitte met a low right wing cross from Assane Mbodj, but the attacker skied his shot over from only a couple of yards out.

Ten minutes later Benin had their first attempt on goal courtesy of a long range pile-driver from Seibou Mama, but his effort went inches wide of the target.

In the 18th minute Benin suffered a set-back when Wariss Aboki had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Charbel Gomez.

Things got even worse for the Squirrels in the 29th minute when Senegal took the lead thanks to a headed goal by Moussa Djitte, 1-0.

Ten minutes later the Teranga Lions doubled their lead thanks to another headed goal after Mohamed Kane nodded home a pin-point corner-kick, 2-0.

Benin were on the back foot for the rest of the half and lucky to go into the tunnel only two goals behind.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first as the Teranga Lions bossed the game.

Senegal were gifted a chance to make it three goals on the hour mark when the referee adjudged Benin’s Gaston Hougbedji to have handled the ball inside the box and pointed to the penalty spot.

Ablaye Diene stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, 3-0.

Benin tried to find their way back into the game after that and created quite a few chances, but their finishing was poor as they directed shot after shot wide of the target.

Instead, it was Senegal who found the back of the net for the fourth time in the 86th minute after Amadou Dia Ndiaye poked the ball home from close range following a goalmouth scramble, 4-0.

The win takes Senegal to second place in Group B with three points while Benin drop to third place with three points as well.

Senegal (2) 4 (Djitte 29’, Kane 39’, Diene 60’ pen, Dia Ndiaye 86’)
Benin (0) 0

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 11. Dieme, 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 17. Badiane, 22. Mbodj (10. Marone 72’), 14. Djitte (18 A Ndiaye 63’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 6. Yarou, 12. Bah-Yere, 4. Hougbedji , 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (9. Saliou 77’), 17. Aboki (11. Gomez 18’), 19. Elegbede (10. Koukpo 47’), 14. Bessan.

Starting Lineup

Senegal : Oumar Elimane, Ablaye Diene, Matar Kante, Amadou Erasme Badiane, Mohamed Kane, Assane Mbodj, Moussa Kalilou Djitte, Daouda Gueye Dieme, Jean Remi Bocande, Pape Diatta Ndiaye, Mamadou El Fadel Barry

Benin : Steve Glodjinon, Mama Sanni Bah Yere, Nabil Yarou, Paterne Counou, Rodrigue Fassinou, Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni, Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji, Seibou Mama, Wariss Gbetognon Aboki, Jacques Bessan, Jules Elegbede

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
18' Benin: Charbel Codjo Gomez replaces Wariss Gbetognon Aboki
29' Moussa Kalilou Djitte (Senegal) scores!
39' Mohamed Kane (Senegal) scores!
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
47' Benin: Marcellin Degnon Koukpo replaces Jules Elegbede
60' Ablaye Diene (Senegal) takes a penalty kick on goal.
61' Mamadou El Fadel Barry (Senegal) is cautioned.
63' Senegal: Amadou Dia Ndiaye replaces Moussa Kalilou Djitte
72' Senegal: Moussa Marone replaces Assane Mbodj
77' Benin: Saliou Idrissou replaces Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni
79' Daouda Gueye Dieme (Senegal) is cautioned.
86' Amadou Dia Ndiaye (Senegal) scores!
90 + 4' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
SENEGAL GOALS BENIN GOALS
Moussa Kalilou Djitte (29')
Mohamed Kane (39')
Ablaye Diene (60')
Amadou Dia Ndiaye (86')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
SENEGAL STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Defender
6
Goalkeeper
1
Midfielder
60'
0
8
0
Defender
5
Midfielder
72'
0
Defender
4
Midfielder
79'
0
7
Midfielder
0
13
Midfielder
61'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
9
Midfielder
39'
0
Midfielder
18'
14
Midfielder
29'
63'
0
Forward/Striker
16
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
47'
18
SUBSTITUTIONS
Amadou Dia Ndiaye
Midfielder
63'
0
Charbel Codjo Gomez
Midfielder
18'
15
Moussa Marone
Midfielder
72'
0
Marcellin Degnon Koukpo
Forward/Striker
47'
17
Saliou Idrissou
Midfielder
77'
12
CARDS
Mamadou El Fadel Barry
Midfielder
61'
0
Daouda Gueye Dieme
Midfielder
79'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury