In a closely contested Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying match, the reigning champions Senegal managed to secure a narrow 0-1 victory over Mozambique at the Estadio do Zimpeto to guarantee a spot in the 2023 AFCON to be held at the beginning of 2024.
Despite their recent form, which has seen them win four consecutive matches in international competition, Senegal had to dig deep to overcome the home side. Senegal controlled the match with possession at 55% over Mozambique's 45%, but just couldn't find the net.
The crucial moment of the match came in the 18th minute when Liverpool star Sadio Mané assisted Boulaye Dia for the game's only goal. The combination of Mané's pace and Dia's clinical finishing proved to be the difference between the two sides, as Senegal held on to their slim lead for the remainder of the match. The statistics showed that Senegal created more goal-scoring opportunities, with 12 shots compared to Mozambique's 7, and 5 shots on target against Mozambique's 2.
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