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Afcon 2017: Sadio Mané on target as Senegal defeat wasteful Tunisia

Liverpool's Sadio Mane arrives at the stadium before the game

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané scored a 10th-minute penalty to send Senegal on their way to a 2-0 victory over Tunisia and top of Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Mané scored from the spot after Aymen Abdennour had brought down Cheikhou Kouyaté in the penalty area, giving Senegal the lead against the run of play.

Centre-half Kara Mbodji added the second on the half-hour, heading in from a corner as Senegal became the first team to register a win at the tournament after the first three matches all ended in draws. However, the victory was far from convincing as Tunisia missed several chances, notably in a dominant second-half performance.

In the earlier match, Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez scored twice, one a late equaliser, as Algeria were held to a 2-2 draw by Zimbabwe.

Defending champions Ivory Coast begin their campaign in Group C against Togo on Monday, while in the same group, Democratic Republic of Congo face Morocco.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Guardian sport, for The Guardian on Sunday 15th January 2017 23.19 Europe/London

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