3rd place: Mali get 3 late goals to beat Sene­gal at U20 WCup


Mali claimed third place at the Un­der-20 World Cup with a 3-1 win over 10-man Sene­gal in a dra­matic and foul-rid­den match on Satur­day.

Two stun­ning strikes from Adama Traore saw Mali take the lead af­ter Ibrahima Wadji had opened the scor­ing for Sene­gal mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Sene­gal had an op­por­tu­nity to level the match with five min­utes to play, but Mal­ick Niang’s penalty was saved, and Diadie Sa­massekou clinched the match with a stop­page­time goal for Mali.

The fre­netic fi­nal 25 min­utes were a con­trast to the open­ing half, when op­por­tu­ni­ties were rare and fouls were fre­quent be­tween the west African neigh­bors.

There were 44 fouls in the match, but it de­vel­oped into an en­thralling en­counter that saw two penal­ties saved and two spec­tac­u­lar goals.

Mali had the bet­ter of the early ex­changes, but it was Sene­gal, mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance in the un­der-20 tour­na­ment, which had the best op­por­tu­nity in the open­ing half. Sidy Sarr fired a header that forced Djigui Diarra to leap to his left and make a su­perb save.

Moussa Ba was sent off for Sene­gal with a minute left in the first half for his sec­ond book­able of­fense. It should have buoyed Mali, but in­stead it was Sene­gal who ben- efited and Ibrahima, also known as Ibou, Wadji opened the scor­ing in the 64th minute.

Mali equal­ized in the 74th minute with ar­guably the best goal of the tour­na­ment as Traore’s free-kick from out­side the box curled into the top right cor­ner to leave Sene­gal goal­keeper Ibrahima Sy stunned.

Mo­ments later Mali had a chance to take the lead af­ter a penalty was given, but Sy saved the weak ef­fort from Falaye Sacko.

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