Senegal overcome Mali in Paris
by BBC News
Senegal beat Mali 3-2 in Paris on Saturday as both sides continued their Cup of Nations preparations.
The friendly burst to life after only nine minutes as Henri Camara opened the scoring after neat build-up play involving Ousmane Ndoye and Modou Sogou.
Just before the half hour mark, defender Habib Beye wasted a glorious opportunity to double Senegal's lead as he lashed wide from nine yards out.
Two minutes later, Mali equalised against the run of play and striker Dramane Traore forcefully fired home after sloppy Senegalese defending.
But Senegal deservedly restored their lead after 47 minutes after the impressive Diomansy Kamara neatly flicked home the lively Camara's cross.
Eight minutes later, Lamine Diatta, captain in place of injured El Hadji Diouf, made it 3-1 as Mali goalkeeper Mahmadou Sidibe woefully spilled an innocuous Senegalese free-kick.
A wave of substitutions littered the final 20 minutes and in added time, Mali's Moussa Coulibaly cracked home a fine free kick from 25 yards out to make it 3-2.
Senegal are in Group D in the Africa Cup of Nations along with Tunisia, Angola and South Africa.
In other friendlies, Tunisia beat Namibia 2-0 while Ivory Coast went down to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Angola.