4 June 2012

Liberia/Senegal: Senegal Defeats Liberia

Senegal overcame Liberia 3-1 to start their second round of qualifying on a winning note, despite new captain Papiss Cisse missing a penalty in the first half.

Lone Star opened the scoring just two minutes into the game when Francis Doe hit the back of net. But the party lasted only up to the 32nd minute of the encounter as Ibrahima Balde put Senegal on level term following a defensive error from Patrick Gerhardt.

In a match highly dominated by Senegal, it will sadly be remembered for the Red, White and Blue Outfit whose major problem has been lack proper ball coordination.

Though Senegal won the match, Liberia had the opportunity to cause an upset for the home side, but missed three possible goal chances through Dioh William, Anthony Laffor and Francis Grandpa Doe.

Newly appointed Lone Star Coach, Kayteau Smith made an early and unexpected change just after 20 minutes, bringing in Zah Krangar for Patrick Wleh.

Senegal was clearly playing for a win as they were balancing attack with defense. They were not prepared to let recklessness allow the Lone Star any additional goal as they reached the half-way with a 1-1 score line.

Lone Star mounted much pressure but things seem worse when Solomon Grimes was booked for the second time, thereby giving more advantage to the Senegalese.

The team, however, consolidated after the card, bringing in Solomon Wisseh for Captain Anthony Laffor.

But that didn't stop the home side from taking the lead, as substitute Dame N'Doye stroke in Senegal's second goal within the 72nd minute.

Zah Krangar could have had the chance to put Liberia on level pecking with a "killer" pass from Grandpa Doe but he played the ball just over the cross bar.

The game sprung to life and a terribly lunging tackle from Grandpa Doe started a period in the game when Lone Star lost all restraint and control.

As the game was drawing to a close, Senegal rolled the dice and launched men forward seeking another Precious goal. This gamble paid off when Sadio Mane put the result beyond doubt, tucking away a third with seven minutes left after poor defending from Jimmy Dixon.

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