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Senegal qualify for Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds

Two wins from two!

Senegal v Cameroon - TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Photo by MB Media/Getty Images

Defending champions Senegal made it two wins from two, and have booked their place in the knockout rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations, with a 3-1 win over Cameroon last night.

An early goal from Ismaïla Sarr got them pointed in the right direction, before Habib Diallo added a second halfway through the second-half and Sadio Mané made sure of the win in stoppage time — after Cameroon missed a glorious opportunity to equalize.

Nicolas Jackson once again came on only as a substitute, and did collect a secondary assist — if secondary assists were an official stat — on Mané’s goal.

Presumably Nico might start Senegal’s next game, against Guinea on Wednesday, if manager Aliou Cissé decides to rotate. Guinea beat The Gambia, 1-0 to currently sit second in Group C — but they’re not yet assured of a spot in the Round of 16.

in Group B, Cabo Verde also sealed their advancement with a 3-0 win over Mozambique, while the day before, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria recorded important victories — the latter over the hosts, 1-0, thanks to a goal from William Troost-Ekong.

But the biggest news from Thursday was the hamstring injury suffered by Mo Salah, in Egypt’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Ghana. He’s expected to miss at least a week, and Egypt need a result in their final group game, against Cabo Verde, in order to qualify for the next round.

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