African Cup of Nations - Libya exit with win over Senegal

Sun, 29 Jan 20:03:00 2012

Libya won an African Cup of Nations match on foreign soil for the first time as they beat Senegal 2-1 in a Group A match in Bata.

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However, the Libyans failed to qualify for the quarter-finals because of Zambia's 1-0 win over hosts Equatorial Guinea in the other Group A encounter.

Ihab Albosefe scored both goals for the Libyans, including a superb volleyed winner six minutes from full-time.

Albosefe opened the scoring in the fifth minute, before Deme N'Diaye equalised on 11 minutes for Senegal.

It completes a miserable tournament for Senegal who go home having lost all three games.

The Lions of Teranga started the tournament among the favourites, and Amara Traore's men were widely expected to progress from what looked an easy group.

Libya went in front early on when the ever-inventive Ahmed Osman played a neat reverse pass into the box. Albosefe latched onto it and poked a cute finish between goalkeeper Khamid N'Diaye's legs.

Marcos Castros's men needed to win, and for Zambia to lose, to make the last eight, but their lead lasted just six minutes.

A bigger, more powerful Senegal team took advantage of their greater physicality at a corner, and Deme N'Diaye sent a firm header past Samir Abboud.

Tackles flew in, particularly from the Libyans, and a stricter referee than Seechurn Rajindraparsad might have produced at least one red card.

The Mauritius official indulged some persistent fouling from Mohamed Almagrabi, with Senegal's Souleymane Camara coming in for some particularly rough treatment.

In any case, Senegal did not appear to have the stomach for the fight, having already been eliminated before kick-off.

Substitute Moussa Sow fired wide, and failed to find the unmarked Papiss Cisse with what looked a simple pass, but the Senegalese chances were few.

And the Libyan winner came in spectacular fashion when Ahmed Zouay lifted a delightful ball into the path of Albosefe, who volleyed emphatically into the right corner of the net.

Alex Chick / Eurosport

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