FULL-TIME: Senegal are through to the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2006. A second-half goal from Everton's Idrissa Gueye proves the difference.
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Senegal - Benin
Africa Cup of Nations - 10 July 2019
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Benin, it seems, have run out of ideas.
FIVE minutes to be added on. Time is running out for Benin to find an equaliser, but they aren't out of this yet.
- OffIdrissa GueyeSenegal
- OnSalif SanéSenegal
Senegal sub: Gueye's game is up - and he has been fantastic. He's replaced by Salif Sane.
With reigning champions Cameroon eliminated, along with favourites Morocco and hosts Egypt, their path to the final is much more straight forward than it could have been. It has been a tournament filled with drama and shocks, but Senegal seem to have real belief and determination this time around. On paper, they are the best team remaining in the competition.
It is remarkable that Senegal, one of Africa's strongest teams over the years, have never won the Africa Cup of Nations - but will this finally be their year?
Senegal will play Tunisia or Madagascar for a place in the showpiece final, if they can avoid conceding in the last five minutes.
- Red cardOlivier VerdonBenin
It's red! Verdon is sent off and he can have no complaints. It's gone from bad to worse for Benin.
Gueye is through on goal! But he's brought down by Verdon on the edge of the box. Is it going to be a red card? He was the last man...
- OffMichael PotéBenin
- OnJodel DossouBenin
Senegal look like a different team since breaking the deadlock. They're well on course to reach the semi-final for the first time in 13 years. Meanwhile, Benin make a change. Striker Jodel Doussou will replace Pote.
How have Senegal not scored a second?! Dear me. Mayhem in the Benin penalty area. Mane is through, his shot is blocked and falls kindly for Diagne. It's blocked again, Mane reacts quickest and Benin block for the third time in quick succession, this time off the line!
This is a huge call... and it's NOT going to be given. Mane looked level but the replays, obviously, showed otherwise.
Mane's goal is ruled out! Oooh, this is so close. Mane finishes another lovely move but is ruled offside by centimetres...but this going to VAR!
- GoalIdrissa GueyeSenegal
GOAAAAAALLLLLL! Senegal 1-0 Benin: Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye with the breakthrough! And it's a lovely goal. It's a thing of Merseyside genius as Mane holds the ball up and then plays through his team mate with a beautifully-weighed pass who finishes with aplomb.
- OffSessi D'AlmeidaBenin
- OnSeibou MamaBenin
Benin sub: Their first change sees Seibou Mama replace D'Ameida.
- OffKeita BaldéSenegal
- OnKrépin DiattaSenegal
Senegal sub: Krepin Diatta came on for Senegal a moment ago, replacing Diatta.
Close to a calamity! What is the goalkeeper doing? Under no pressure, Gomis miscues his kick and the ball almost ends up in the back of his net! What a remarkable way that would have been to exit the tournament.
- OffM'Baye NiangSenegal
- OnMbaye DiagneSenegal
Senegal sub: Niang makes way for Mbaye Diagne in Senegal's first switch.
Free header! Lazy marking from Senegal as Verdon is left with too much space to meet Soukou's free-kick delivery but it's a really poor finish as he heads well over the bar.
Close! Saivet wraps his foot around the ball, curling it over the wall, but just over the Benin goal.
Free-kick to Senegal! Mane draws the foul in a really dangerous central position. This is a great chance to take the lead...
Last-ditch challenge! A well read and a perfectly executed tackle from Adilehou on Niang, otherwise the Senegal forward was through.
The second period has already been much more entertaining than the first-half.
Mane's goal chalked off! Much better free-kick delivery from Saivet, it's flicked on by Koulibaly and Mane gets the final touch as the ball nestles in the bottom corner. However, it won't count - Mane was in an offside position.
Niang goes close for Senegal! With his chest, he diverts the ball agonisingly wide of Allagbe's far post from a free-kick. He's yet to get off the mark in the tournament.
Benin spurn a great chance! An inviting cross comes in from the right, Mounie completely misses it, it comes through to Pote who mishits the shot and Gomis is left with a simple save. That should have been the breakthrough!
Benin's shot creeps wide! Really positive play from D'Almeida who runs into space in midfield before firing a shot at goal. It seems to take a deflection, diverting it wide of the post, but the referee doesn't spot it and awards the goal-kick.
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Benin get the second period underway!
HALF-TIME: Dominant Senegal go in level with Benin, much to their frustration. It's 0-0 at the break.
Senegal beginning to find their groove now, just before the half-time whistle. Dogged defending from Benin though, as they deny the favourites with a series of blocks inside the box.
Poor final ball! Koulibaly lifts a delightful ball over the top, finding full back Sabaly in space. He's in behind, tries to centre it but the final ball is really poor and Benin hack it to safety!
Three minutes will be added on!
- Yellow cardCebio SoukouBenin
Yellow card! Soukou wins the ball from Balde with a committed and controlled challenge on the edge of the box, before finishing with a great strike. However, the referee chalks off the goal, gives Senegal the foul and produces a yellow card for Soukou. Questionable decisions!
N'Diaye is given a telling off for a challenge on Imorou - but he won the ball.
Mane has been strangely quiet for the last 20 minutes, but with great balance and determination he skips away from his marker out wide, knocking it forwards to Gueye. However, he overcooks his cross and Benin have a goal-kick.
Penalty appeal! Ndiang skips by Adeoti inside the Benin penalty area, narrowing the angle to have a shot before going down under the challenge of Sessegnon. He wants a penalty. Not for me and not for the referee either. Play on.
Gassama is fouled by D'Alemeida and takes exception to the shirt-tugging. The referee is forced to intervene and has a quiet word with both players.
Sabaly is picked out on the overlap as Senegal exploit the space on the channel. His cross is a good one and Benin are forced to hack the ball out for a corner. Better from Senegal.
Close! Saivet whips an inviting free-kick delivery to the far post, aiming for the untracked Koulibaly. The big centre-back takes a swipe at it but fails to make the connection and Benin are let off the hook.
Senegal are going through the motions at the moment. They have lacked quality in the final third.
Mane does well to control a long ball over the top. Surrounded by yellow shirts, he tries to thread the eye of a needle with an ambitious pass to Ndiaye but it's well read and cut out by the goalkeeper.
That's the closest we have come to a goal. It would have been against the run of play, too.
Pote goes agonisingly close! The free-kick delivery is miscued but it's genius improvisation from the Benin midfielder to adjust his feet and flick the ball goalwards. It just drifts agonisingly wide!
Free-kick to Benin! Soukou draws a clumsy and needless foul from Kouyate on the edge of the penalty box. This is in a great position for a shot...
Benin's Souko pounces on a loose ball in midfield but his ambitious shot from 30 yards is never troubling the goalkeeper.
The game plan from Benin is very simple: to sit deep, frustrate Senegal and hit them on the counter-attack. It's a risky game and if they fall behind it will prove very difficult for them to get back into it.
Benin win another free-kick on the right flank and this time it's swung into the box. Gomis makes a mess of it, dropping the ball, but he's bailed out by the referee who spots a foul somewhere in the penalty area..
Sessegnon, on his 78th cap, wins Benin a free-kick on the counter-attack. Set-pieces probably represent their most likely avenue for a goal but they play this one short.
Senegal have had 72 per cent of possession so far - but have yet to register a shot on target.
Mane chases a long ball over the top - but he's never getting there. Becoming frustrated with the short ball game, Senegal are beginning to play more direct.
Frustration for Benin as the referee inadvertently intercepts Adeoti's forward pass.
Lots of possession from Senegal in the early stages - but Benin are proving difficult to break down.
Decent move! Mane plays a smart give-and-go with Balde, creating an opening for the Liverpool talisman at the near post but his shot is pushed behind by the Benin goalkeeper. The linesman's flag is then raised - wouldn't have counted.
Mane is through! But he's mistimed his run and is caught just offside. He's the target every time for Senegal.
Senegal force another corner, but again Saivet can't beat the defender at the near post.
The Senegal supporters are in party mood, generating a terrific atmosphere at the sparsely populated stadium here in Egypt's capital.
After some treatment, Pote gives the thumbs up and returns to action. Relief all around.
Ouch! Pote is clattered as he heads away a Senegal corner at the near post, immediately prompting the referee to stop the game so that the Benin midfielder can receive attention to this head injury.
Remember, VAR is in use this afternoon - for the first time in the history of the competition.
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KICK-OFF! Senegal get the ball rolling.
Here we go then - it's Senegal versus Benin in the AFCON quarter-final... and it's LIVE!
FIVE MINUTE WARNING: Here comes the players. This quarter-final encounter is taking place at the 30 June Stadium. It's time for the national anthems.
Benin qualified to the knockout stages for the first time in their history - without winning a game. Three draws was enough to secure them the most successful third place team before they stunned Morocco on penalties.
Mane has been the talisman for Senegal, netting three of his side's six goals, but the Lions of Teranga have been equally formidable in defence, conceding just once along the way. Senegal haven't made it past the last eight since 2006. In 2002, they lost to Cameroon on penalties in the showpiece final.
This is the first time that Senegal and Benin have ever met in the Africa Cup of Nations. Senegal progressed to the last 16 having overcome Tanzania and Kenya, losing to Algeria in the second group game, before knocking out Uganda in the first round of the knockout stage.
Take a moment to reflect on Benin's awesome penalty shootout victory over Morocco. Can they produce another heroic performance to knock out Senegal?
Liverpool star Sadio Mane says he would give up the Champions League trophy for the Africa Cup of Nations, which is quite a statement. Mane is on three goals, leading the Golden Boot award with three other players.
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse has admitted his team's confidence has grown with the departure of some of the competition's big favourites. "Of course, it gives us ideas and it gives us even more confidence to say yes, maybe this year will be one," he said. But he added: "Like I said, that's just hope and it won't be enough. We'll have to work very hard, we'll have to be serious, and that is what we're doing."
Senegal XI: Gomis, Gassama, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Kouyate, Ndiaye, Gueye, Saivet, Niang, Mane, Balde.
Benin XI: Kassifa, Imorou, Verdon, Adilehou, Adeoti, Sessegnon, Pote, D'Almeida, Soukou, Mounie.
With the hosts Egypt out of the tournament, as well as defending champions Cameroon and Morocco, Senegal have rarely had a better opportunity to land their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title. Benin have yet to win a game in this year's competition, but having drawn with Ghana and Cameroon, before knocking out Morocco on penalties, they must not be underestimated.
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