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Senegal stars already out of Africa Cup of Nations

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Senegal stars already out of Africa Cup of Nations

Post  1892NUFF on Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:03 am


Senegal were sent crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations - but handed Newcastle fans a double boost.

David Kily's stunning stoppage-time strike sent co-hosts Equatorial Guinea into the quarter-finals.

But it left highly-fancied Senegal unable to qualify from Group A, meaning strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be finished with the competition on Sunday and could be back in time for the Toon's league match at Blackburn next Wednesday.

It was arguably the biggest upset in the tournament's history.

Senegal stars already out of Africa Cup of Nations

Published 23:36 25/01/12 By MirrorFootball

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Senegal were sent crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations - but handed Newcastle fans a double boost.

David Kily's stunning stoppage-time strike sent co-hosts Equatorial Guinea into the quarter-finals.

But it left highly-fancied Senegal unable to qualify from Group A, meaning strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be finished with the competition on Sunday and could be back in time for the Toon's league match at Blackburn next Wednesday.

It was arguably the biggest upset in the tournament's history.

Iban Iyanga, better known by his footballing name Randy, headed home the opener just after the hour but home hopes seemed dashed when Senegal equalised in the 89th minute through Moussa Sow.

Kily then hit a spectacular drive from outside the penalty box to win the match and ensure one of Africa's smallest countries will play in next week's quarter-finals.

Spurred on by some 30,000 red-clad spectators, Equatorial Guinea held out against a Senegal lineup full of players from European clubs.

Ranked 108 places below Senegal, Equatorial Guinea's controversially-assembled side - all born outside the country - fought for every ball on a rain-soddened pitch.

The hosts had few chances but also ensured a frustrating evening for Senegal, who threw everything forward in the last quarter-hour before Sow equalised.

Ba had three good opportunities in a 12-minute spell in the first half but missed them all. A stinging shot from Guirane Ndaw was also well-saved by Equatorial Guinea's Brazil-born goalkeeper Danilo.

In the second half Mamadou Niang also produced chances for Senegal but the home defence held tight until Sow netted from close range.
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