Sadio Mane’s Senegal top Group B

The Lions of Teranga moved to the summit of their group in Africa qualifying for the World Cup after Habib Diallo’s header gave them a slender 1-nil victory in Mauritania.

The striker beat his marker on the edge of the six-yard box to meet an inswinging cross from Tottenham midfielder Pape Matar Sarr during the first half in Nouakchott.

There was a lengthy delay in completing the match after frustrated home fans threw objects onto the pitch in the second half and proceedings were halted.

This comes after Senegal had been held to a stalemate on home soil in their World Cup qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo – a result which reportedly left forward, Sadio Mane, frustrated. 

Head coach Aliou Cisse was left without Mane and Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson through injury but extended his unbeaten start in the qualifiers, following a fiercely contested West African derby against Mauritania.

Mauritania’s Aboubakary Koita hit the crossbar with an early free-kick and Edouard Mendy tipped a fierce shot from the forward over the bar in first-half injury time as the hosts sought an equalizer.

Abdallahi Mahmoud wasted a glorious chance to equalize on the hour mark after Mendy had again denied Koita. 

After four World Cup qualifiers, Senegal currently occupies the top spot in Group B and has conceded just once during that spell.