The Teranga Lions of Senegal on Monday afternoon left it late before securing all three points against a resilient Zimbabwean side.
Aliou-Cisse-led side came into the game without the services of Champions League winning goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, captain Kalidou Koulibaly and Famara Diedhiou due to Covid.
The game didn’t show much difference between Senegal ranked 20th in the world by FIFA and Zimbabwe ranked 121st as Senegal showed no real attacking intent.
The only real chance in the first half fell to Sadio Mane in the 23rd minute. The Liverpool forward did extremely well on the touchline to keep the ball in play, dribbled through 30 yards leaving two Zimbabwe for dust but his finish went straight into the waiting hands of Zimbabwe goalie Mhari.
The second half didn’t see much goal threats either but three minutes past the hour mark Sadio Mane this time played in Keita Balde to his left but the winger’s cross ended straight in the hands of Mhari.
Salvation came for Senegal in the fourth minute of stoppage time when midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe handled the ball in the box in a bid to stop a shot.
Up stepped Sadio Mane and the former Premier League golden boot winner buried the ball in the back of the net.
Aliou Cisse’s men may have secured maximum points today but will need to toughen up and raise their game if they’re to live up to their favourite tag