Sadio Mane misses open goal in shocking howler for Senegal in African qualifier

SADIO MANE missed an open goal as Senegal beat Guinea-Bissau 1-0.

The Liverpool superstar took the ball off team-mate Boulaye Dia's foot after the Reims striker had rounded the goalkeeper.

But Mane could only find the side netting with his first-time effort.

Mane made up for his howler by scoring an 82nd-minute winner to book Senegal's place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

Cutting in from the left, Mane exchanged passes with Habib Diallo before poking the ball past Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes.

The goal was Mane's 21st for the Lions of Teranga.

He is now just eight goals behind ex-Wolves and Wigan striker Henri Camara's record of 29 for his country.

Mane was also on the scoresheet against Guinea-Bissau when the two sides' met on Wednesday in the reverse fixture – a 2-0 win for Senegal.

Sunday's victory made it four wins from four for Aliou Cisse's side in AFCON qualifying.

They became the first team to qualify for the continental showpiece after hosts Cameroon.

The tournament was originally set to be played in January and February 2021 but was pushed back due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The final two rounds of qualifying will be played in March 2021.

Algeria are the defending champions after beating Senegal in the final of the 2019 edition.

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