The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon failed infront of the teranga lions of Senegal 3 goals to 1, in a decisive match played on January 19,2024 in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.
It was a slow start to the game, with Senegal dominating the play after an early goal from Ismaila Sarr.
After Diallo made it two-nil in the 71st minute it looked all but over. Senegal even brought off their two goalscorers and appeared to be intent on simply seeing out the game.
Then came a delightful, powerful header from Castelletto, and Cameroon, from seemingly nowhere, were back in the game.
Almost immediately, they came agonisingly close with N’Koudou missing a gilt-edged chance.
Eventually, it was that man again, Mane, who showed his quality by converting a low cross into the corner of the net.
Senegal will surely consider themselves real contenders for this tournament after two dominant performances.