After 120 minutes had failed to provide any goals at the Stade de Franceville on Saturday night, Cameroon beat Senegal 5-4 on penalties to book their place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
- Cameroon 0 Senegal 0
- Cameroon win 5-4 on penalties after Mane’s spot kick is saved
- Cameroon on course for a fifth AFCON title
Senegal dominated first half ball possession, but did not do much to threaten the opposition goal, while Cameroon did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked.
The second half was evenly-balanced for the most part tight although Senegal had a succession of chances just before the end of regulation time. Both teams wasted chances to win the game in extra-time as the match went to penalties.
The Teranga Lions started strongly, getting some promising balls into the box, but without an end product.
It was Cameroon who had the first opportunity, but after an enterprising move on 17 minutes, Benjamin Moukandjo smashed his shot high and wide.
Senegal did however continue to dominate ball possession and looked especially dangerous when Lazio’s Keita Balde attacked down the flanks, but Cameroon were defending as a unit and managed to keep chances at a premium.
The Teranga Lions had their best opportunity of the half on 27 minutes when Sadio Mane played Mame Diouf in with a cushioned headed pass, but Cameroon keeper Fabrice Ondoa did just enough to make it difficult for the Stoke City striker, whose attempted lob landed on the roof of the net.
That was it for first-half goalmouth action and as the minutes ticked down to the break, the Indomitable Lions seemingly grew in confidence after having limited the dangerous Senegal attack to only a few half-chances.