[:en]Senegal optimistic after seeing off Qatar[:]

[:en]A great second-half comeback by Senegal saw them denying Qatar the full three points when they beat them by 2-1 during their final 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup final Group C match held at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday.

Despite the victory, the Young Lions had to settle for a third-place finish level on points with second-placed Colombia who are enjoying a better goal difference despite falling 1-3 to Portugal.


However, the West Africans still have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 as one of the top four third-placed teams.

Senegal knew what was at stake and took the game to the Qatari and in the fifth minute, they were adjudged to be in an offside position and their follow up attempt was off-target which was not a bad start at all.

After 15 minutes of play, the Lions had an attempt at goal, however, they failed to trouble the goalkeeper, Hassan and two minutes later, they committed a foul in the penalty area which resulted in a penalty kick.

Qatari striker, Afif converted from the spot kick to hand his side the deserved lead after beating the keeper, Ibou Sy. The penalty was the only goal in the opening half as both sides went to the interval.

Second Half
The beginning of the second half saw Joseph Koto’s boys pushing forward with urgency with the Qatari keeper called into action as early as the 50th minute.

And towards the 80th minute, the West Africans took control of the match and dictated terms going forward as Sylla got the equaliser in the 75th minute with Kone securing the full points six minutes later.

Senegal: Ibou Sy, M. Sane, Eli Cisse, Ibou Wadji (Remi Nassalan 57’), Sidy Sarr, M.L Ndiaye, A Sylla, M. Kone, M Wague, A Sow (Niang 73’), M. Thiam (a. Correa 88’)

Qatar: Y. Hassan, T. Almuhaza (B. Hisham 67’), F. Shanin, Abdulla (A. Alsadi 64’), S. Abdou, S. Alhajri, J. Aljalabi (S. Albrake 72’), Moein, Afif, Moez, Tarek

African Football/Abu

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