Sadio Mane played the leading role to take Senegal to next year's World Cup, as they beat South Africa 2-0 on Friday to take an unassailable lead in Group D of the African qualifiers.
Sadio Mane played the leading role to take Senegal to next year's World Cup in Russia, as they beat South Africa 2-0 away on Friday to take an unassailable lead in Group D of the African qualifiers.
The 25-year-old winger set up the opening strike for Diafra Sakho after 12 minutes.
The Liverpool man then had a shot saved shortly before half-time, which rebounded off home defender Thamsanqa Mkhize for an own goal.
The Senegal players celebrate after qualifying for next summer's World Cup in Russia
Senegal beat South Africa 2-0 on Friday to ensure they took an unassailable lead in Group D
Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye leads the celebrations following the final whistle
Liverpool winger Sadio Mane played a star role as Senegal qualified for the World Cup
The win put Senegal on 11 points in the standings, out of the reach of the rest of the teams.
It ensures a second appearance at the World Cup finals after they reached the quarter-finals in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
Friday's match was a replay after South Africa had beaten Senegal 2-1 at the same venue a year ago, only for FIFA to find that the outcome had been manipulated by Ghanian referee Joseph Lamptey, who has since been handed a life ban.
Senegal fans celebrate after the final whistle in the Group D clash with South Africa
Lamine Gassama dribbles away from South Africa midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi
Senegal goalkeeper Ndiaye jumpes up for the ball during the qualifying clash