Senegal fail to sparkle again in 0-0 draw with Guinea

:Pre-tournament favourites Senegal failed to impress again as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday, with the result all but ensuring both teams' progress to the knockout stages.

Senegal, heavily impacted by COVID-19 infections, share top spot in Group B on four points with West African rivals Guinea after both teams won their respective opening games on Monday.

Senegal captain Sadio Mane had a chance from a close-range free kick early in the game at the Kouekong Stadium, but struck the wall with his effort.

It was Keita’s clever through ball that split the Senegal defence and set two Guinea strikers free on goal.

Senegal were a much improved outfit after the break and Bouna Sarr’s searching 52nd-minute free kick was close to delivering the first goal, needing just a touch to guide it in.

Senegal’s 10 missing players, all out because of COVID-19 infections, included captain Kalidou Koulibaly and first choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who also missed their opening game on Monday, as well as Idrissa Gana Gueye and Fode Ballo Toure, who tested positive following the narrow 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in their opening match.

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