Egypt 2019 AFCON: Algeria and Senegal living up to expectations in Group C

The Les Fennecs of Algeria and the Teranga Lions of Senegal went joint top of Group C courtesy a 2-0 victory over Kenya’s Harambee Stars and the Taifa Stars of Tanzania respectively on Sunday.

A Baghdad Bounedjah penalty and Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victory.

Algeria was the better side the entire first half forcing Kenya to play in their own half and were limited to only two efforts at goal, both going wide. Kenya came back a better side in the second half, but couldn’t fight for victory.

In the other Group C opener, midfielder Krepin Diatta’s screamer and Keita Balde’s first half opener were enough as Senegal’s Teranga Lions began their hunt for a maiden Africa Cup of Nations title with a 2-0 win over Tanzania’s Taifa Stars at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.

Senegal dominated the game from gun to tape and should have won by a bigger margin, but will leave satisfied with three precious points especially in the absence of their star striker Sadio Mane who was suspended for the opening tie.

Balde opened the scoring after 27 minutes, striking a low shot from the right that evaded Tanzania keeper Aishi Manula’s grasp. Senegal were rewarded with a goal after dictating much of the play and should have gone to the break at least three goals up.

Manula was called into an early save in the third minute to deny Mbaye Niang after Tanzania had lost the ball in midfield and play quickly launched into their box. Niang had another chance in the sixth minute when he was played through on goal, but hit the side netting.

Senegal dominated more in the second half and made it 2-0 when Diatta struck a screamer from 35 yards out after a clearance off a corner fell kindly for him. Niang should have added another minutes later but missed a sitter unmarked inside the box off a Sarr cross.
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