Senegal and Cape Verde’s last-16 encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday was certainly full of drama.
In just the 20th minute of play, Cape Verde’s Patrick Andrade was shown a straight red card following a VAR review for a rather rash tackle.
But despite having a man advantage, Senegal couldn’t find a way to break the deadlock in the first half and it took until the 63rd-minute for them do so.
Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane was the man who rippled the back of the net Alliou Cisse’s side and his strike after Cape Verde failed to properly clear a corner was simply magnificent.
What made Mane’s goal even more remarkable was the fact it came only minutes after he was involved in a sickening clash of heads with goalkeeper Jose Vozinha.
The Cape Verde shot-stopper rushed out of his goal to try and intercept the ball, but instead made brutal contact with Senegal’s talisman. Vozinha was eventually sent off for his part in the incident after another VAR review.
Take a look at both the collision between the two players and Mane’s wonder-goal below…
Video: Horrific head clash between Vozinha & Mane
Video: Mane’s stunning goal
That goal is really is something special, as he had barely anything to aim at.
However, Mane should not have been on the field to take on the shot, as he was clearly suffering from the effects of the collision with Vozinha.
Just after Senegal’s goal was awarded by the referee following a third VAR review, the Liverpool man collapsed to the turf as if concussed and was helped off the field of play by medical staff.
We hope Mane makes a full recovery as soon as possible.
Video: Mane helped off the pitch after his goal
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