Mane nets brace as Senegal defeat Brazil in anti-racism friendly

Mane nets brace as Senegal defeat Brazil in anti-racism friendly

Sadio Mane found the back of the net twice as Senegal defeated Brazil in an international friendly at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Tuesday night.

The game was part of a campaign to tackle the problem of racism in football after Vinicius Junior came under the spotlight for racist abuse he suffered in La Liga match between Valencia and Real Madrid last month.

The Selecao played Guinea in an early friendly at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona last Saturday, winning 4-1 and took the lead in Lisbon in the 11th minute when Vinicius assisted West Ham United midfielder Lucas Paqueta for the opening goal.

Strasbourg forward Habib Diallo equalised for the Teranga Lions in the 11th minute, remaining level until the 52nd minute when Marquinhos put the ball into his own net. It did not take too long for Senegal to extend their lead as Mane scored with an assist from Diallo three minutes later.

Marquinhos redeemed himself by scoring the second goal for Brazil in the 58th minute but Senegal had one last say with Mane scoring from the penalty spot in injury time.

The defeat was Brazil’s third in four games against African opposition, losing to Cameroon during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last December and to Morocco in a friendly back in March.

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