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Mbodji grabs late winner to sink South Africa

Mbodji grabs late winner to sink South Africa
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Kara Mbodji scored an injury-time winner as Senegal sealed a 2-1 victory over South Africa in Dakar to make absolutely sure of their place at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Amid talk of appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the Burkina Faso association over the disputed decision by FIFA to annul Senegal's 2-1 loss to Bafana Bafana last November, the Teranga Lions made the outcome academic with a last-gasp home win in their final qualifier.

They top the pool with 14 points from their six matches, ahead of Burkina Faso (nine points), Cape Verde (six) and South Africa (four).

Over in Ouagadougou, the Stallions ended their qualifying campaign in style as Prejuce Nakoulma scored a hat-trick and Banou Diawara added a late goal in a 4-0 victory over Cape Verde.

Senegal rode their luck at times on Tuesday, but came away with the win as Opa Nguette put them ahead and Mbodji grabbed what proved the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

Bafana missed a penalty through Themba Zwane, but looked to have salvaged a point via a Percy Tau goal midway through the second period.

The defeat was perhaps harsh on the visitors, who had their chances to get more from the game.

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