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Senegal edge past Benin to reach semi-final

Idrissa Gana Gueye's goal took Senegal to the semi-final for the first time since 2006.
Idrissa Gana Gueye's goal took Senegal to the semi-final for the first time since 2006. RFI/Pierre René-Worms

Senegal moved into the last four at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Benin. Idrissa Gana Gueye scored the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

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It was just reward for Aliou Cissé’s men who dominated possession before the Everton midfielder made the breakthrough with his fourth goal for his country.

Benin’s hopes of responding suffered a blow in the 82nd minute when Olivier Verdon was handed a straight red card for hauling down Gueye.

Senegal, who entered the 2019 tournament as Africa’s top ranked team, have not reached the semi-final since 2006. They will play Tunisia or Madagascar on Sunday at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

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