Mali Beat Senegal to Win U20 Nations Cup
Mali beat Senegal 3-2 on penalties to win the 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger on Sunday.
The final had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time, and Senegal’s Dion Lopy, Amadou Ndiaye and Ousseynou Niang missed spot-kicks, giving Mali their first Under-20 continental title.
Mali had the better start to the match with Boubacar Traore opening the scoring after just 16 minutes of play.
Amadou Ndiaye then equalised for Senegal in the 75th minute to take the match into extra-time.
The final was a repeat of the opening Group B match which Senegal won 2-0 in Maradi.
Coming into the Sunday’s finale, Senegal had won all four of the matches they had played in Niger.
On Saturday, South Africa’a Amajita beat Nigeria 5-3 on penalties to take third place at the tournament after the match had finished 0-0.
Adamu Ibrahim Alhassan’s spot-kick was saved by South African goalkeeper Walter Kubheka as Amajita secured the bronze medal.
All four teams, South Africa, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal will now begin their preparation for the Under-20 World Cup which kicks off in Poland in May.
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