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Senegal Player Ratings: How did Teranga Lions fare in Afcon final defeat?

00:22 EAT 20/07/2019
Sadio Mane of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between Kenya and Senegal.
Which of the Teranga Lions caught the eye, and who failed to impress as Aliou Cisse's side were defeated by Les Fennecs in Cairo on Friday?

  • Alfred Gomis SPAL Sassuolo Serie A 09272018

    Alfred Gomis

    Appeared slow to react to the goal and may feel he could have done better. Largely untested after that. 5

  • Dennis Omino Odhiambo of Kenya tackled by Lamine Gassama of Senegal.

    Lamine Gassama

    There was one great ball to set up M’Baye Niang, who spurned the opportunity, but Gassama struggled to beat his man like Sabaly had done on the other flank. 6

  • Cheikhou Kouyate - Senegal

    Cheikhou Kouyate

    Made an error in the build-up to goal and missed the ball in a dangerous area shortly afterwards. It was a strangely nervy performance for one of the team’s more experienced heads. 5

  • Salif Sane - Senegal Afcon 2019

    Salif Sane

    Was unfortunate to be caught out for the opener, a looping deflected effort which came off his outstretched leg, and was a powerful presence thereafter. Largely negated the threat of Baghdad Bounedjah and ensured Kalidou Koulibaly wasn’t missed. 7

  • Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal before a throw in during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia

    Youssouf Sabaly

    An athletic presence down the left flank and tested Rais M’bolhi with stinging right-footed effort from range. He also created a goalscoring opportunity and was heavily involved in Senegal’s build-up play. 7

  • Badou Ndiaye Senegal

    Badou N’Diaye

    Lively early on, with one run catching Algeria unawares as he charged through the middle before playing in Sadio Mane. He faded thereafter, and was replaced by Krepin Diatta before the hour mark. 5

  • Henri Saivet - Senegal

    Henri Saivet

    Concluded a fine tournament with a disappointing display. Set pieces were consistently underwhelming and unadventurous, while his efforts on goal were tame. 5

  • Idrissa Gueye - Senegal

    Idrissa Gueye

    Not his best performance of the tournament; read the play well in the middle of the park, but his passing was uncharacteristically ambitions. Didn’t appear to have the intensity and focus that he often displays. 6

  • Ismaila Sarr Senegal 2019

    Ismaila Sarr

    Maybe Senegal’s best attacking threat later in the game, after initially struggling to get the better of Ramy Bensebaini. His grace in possession is unquestionable, and Algeria resorted to the dark arts to bring him down, but there was—again—precious little in the final third. 6

  • Sadio Mane Senegal 2019

    Sadio Mane

    Caused trouble with pace down both flanks, and beat his man to create an opening on several occasions. However, he was stifled by the Algerians—drawing six fouls—and struggled to truly influence proceedings. 6

  • Mbaye Niang of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals last 16 match between Uganda and Senegal

    Mbaye Niang

    Nearly troubled M’Bohli with a snapshot late in first half, but that was one of several missed chances as Niang demonstrated—again—why he doesn’t have the technical quality to lead the line for this Senegal side. Repeatedly, moves broke down at his clumsy feet, although he did win a series of aerial battles. 5

  • Krepin Diatta of Senegal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

    Krepin Diatta

    Wasted a free kick in a dangerous position late on after being given an hour to influence the game. His pace unnerved Algeria at times, but he didn’t rise up to the occasion. 5

  • Mbaye Diagne Kasımpasa

    Mbaye Diagne

    Introduced far too late for Niang, and struggled to make any impression in his 16 minutes of gametime. 5

  • Keita Balde Diao Senegal 2019

    Keita Balde

    Brought on too late to make an impact. N/A