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Keita brace takes Senegal to final

Ibrahima Keita scored twice as Senegal defeated hosts Congo Brazzaville 3-1 Tuesday in the first African Games football semi-final.

The gangling striker struck the second and third Senegalese goals at a packed Stade Alphonse Massamba Debat as they booked a place in the final against Nigeria or Burkina Faso.

Senegal, runners-up to Nigeria in Group B, took the initiative from the kick-off and Christoffer Mafoumbi, the goalkeeper of Group A winners Congo, prevented a first-minute goal.

But the tall shot-stopper had no chance after 16 minutes when an acrobatic overhead kick from Cheikhou Dieng looped into the net.

The combination of a defence-splitting pass and a timely off-the-ball run by Keita set him up to fire low past Mafoumbi on 37 minutes for a 2-0 half-time lead.

Congo improved dramatically after the break and Merveil Ndockyt reduced arrears on 55 minutes via a close-range shot after a cross was not cleared.

Both sides had chances in an entertaining game before Keita put the outcome beyond doubt nine minutes from time with a header into the corner off a cross.

It was the third goal of the tournament for Keita from Senegalese champions AS Douanes, who scored in a draw with Nigeria last Saturday.



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