Senegal powered into the quarter-finals of the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after an emphatic 3-0 victory over DR Congo on Sunday.
The Lions of Teranga defeated the two-time winners in their final Group B match played at the 19 May 1956 Stadium in Annaba to secure their place in the knock-out stage of the ongoing tournament in Algeria.
A first half goal by Osmane Diouf, along with a Pape Diallo strike which was coupled by an unfortunate own goal by Siadi Baggio, ensured the west Africans top the group.
They subsequently advanced to the last eight.
Looking at redeeming themselves from the loss to Uganda, Senegal were the first to ask questions as early as the 6th minute.
This was when Ousmane Kane thought he had beaten the offside trap with his goal, but was judged to be offside by VAR.
Papa Diallo, who was a nuisance to the DR Congo defence, should have put his side ahead in the 11th minute after a through ball from Elimane Cisse found the forward free on goal.
But he dragged his shot wide off target with the goalkeeper at his mercy.
Minutes later, it was DR Congo’s Elie Mpanzu who squandered a glorious opportunity to grab the lead after doing well to control a cross from the left.
But with just the goalkeeper to beat, the forward opted for a cross which went wayward as Senegal survived the threat.