Sadio Mane sealed Senegal's 2018 World Cup dreams as they easily won South Africa in a 2-0 goal deficit to pick up their ticket during the qualification series in Peter Mokaba Stadium Polokwane, Pietersburg on Friday.
An Early goal from Diafra Sakho and late first-half own-goal from South African defender Thamsanqa Mkhize initiated by Sadio Mane, sealed a comfortable win for the Senegalese team.
Senegal opened scores at the 12th minute of the game against South Africa. A brilliant assist from Sadio Mane to Diafra Sakho who netted their first goal kept the scoreline 0-1 in favour
of the Teranga Lions.
The host South Africa made a plethora of attempts in the first half but the most remarkable were
Themba Zwane's strike which was stopped by the keeper and headed back by P.Tau. Another impressive attempt by the Bafana Bafana team was L. Manyama's thunderbolt strike which hit the upper bar.
Mane got a yellow card in the 34th minute for being disrespectful as his team took their freekick.
The yellow card didn't stop the Liverpool main man Mane from heralding the process that birthed the second goal in the 38th minute. An own goal from the South African defender, Thamsanqa Mkhize favoured
Senegal as the climbed two goals ahead of their host, 0-2.
The South African team flourished with ball possession of 64% ahead of Senegal's 36% in the first half. The host missed ample scoring opportunities, but with just two utilized attempts, Senegal earned two goals and edged Bafana Bafana in the first half. The first half ended in a 0-2 scoreline in favour
of the Teranga Lions.
The second half kicked off with South Africa making their first substitution at the 63rd minute as Manyama made way for Andile Jali. It was a continuous goal barrenness for the Bafana Bafana despite ample opportunities created into
the second half.
Sadio Mane's freekick had the potential to see the back of the net but it unfortunately
hit the upper bar during the added time.
South Africa failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as the final whistle sealed Senegal's ticket to Russia as they made it to yet another World Cup since 2002.