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Senegal, Morocco Advance to AFCON Quarter-Finals

Senegal beat nine-man Cape Verde 2-0 in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations with Liverpool forward Saido Mane among the goalscorers.

Mane curled in off the underside of the crossbar soon after keeper Vozinha had been dismissed over a nasty clash of heads with the Liverpool forward.

Mane continued despite appearing to be briefly knocked out in the incident.

After celebrating his goal he lay down on halfway, and before the game restarted he was led off the field.

Cape Verde midfielder Patrick Andrade had been shown a straight red card midway through the first half, while Bamba Dieng added Senegal’s second in second-half injury time.

The match in Bafoussam was preceded by a minute’s silence for the victims of the crush at the Olembe Stadium on Monday.

Senegal will face either Mali or Equatorial Guinea in the last eight on Sunday.

In the second round of 16 match, Morocco came from behind to beat Malawi 2-1 and advance to the quarter-finals.

At the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, Gabadinho Mhango put Malawi into an early lead with an exceptional strike.

But Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri levelled at the end of the first half and Paris St-Germain’s Achraf Hakimi sealed the win for the Atlas Lions.

Morocco’s quarter-final opponents will be either Egypt or Ivory Coast, who meet in Douala on Wednesday.

A well-observed silence was held before kick-off in memory of those killed at Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium on Monday night.

The players wore black armbands and messages of condolence were displayed on the advertising hoardings.

Morocco were clear favourites, but it was Malawi who struck first in the seventh minute with Mhango’s outstanding effort.

The Orlando Pirates star, who was closer to halfway than to goal, spotted Morocco keeper Yassine Bounou off his line and struck a powerful shot into the top corner.

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