CAIRO (AFP) - Senegal reached the Africa Cup of countries semi-finals for the first time due to the fact that 2006 whilst Idrissa Gueye scored to deliver a 1-0 final-eight win over Benin in Cairo on Wednesday.

Everton midfielder Gueye struck on 70 minutes, side-footing the ball into the internet from close range after being set up through Liverpool big name Sadio Mane.

This was the first Cup of countries fit to use the VAR (video assistant referee) system and there have been no debatable incidents.


Benin have been decreased to 10 guys within the closing levels while Olivier Verdon was given a immediately red card for a ultimate-defender foul.

On Sunday, 2002 runners-up Senegal will face giantkillers Madagascar or underneath-acting Tunisia in a semi-very last in the Egyptian capital.

"We have been looking ahead to a complicated healthy and my players did now not surrender because they've a good mentality, have been patient and revered commands," stated Senegal instruct Aliou Cisse.

"At this stage of the match, everyone can beat everybody. We came right here with the ambition of gambling seven fits, and we will play them. We want to play within the very last."

Benin train Michel Dussuyer stated: "I need to congratulate my gamers for the way they handle difficult challenges.

"the lads should be proud. They made the human beings of Benin proud. With this squad, we have superior. Of route, there may be sadness, but the gamers can maintain their heads high."

Cisse made one change to the crew that defeated Uganda to reach the ultimate-eight stage with Keita Balde replacing fellow ahead Ismaila Sarr.

France-born Dussuyer changed 3 of the group that greatly surprised Morocco after a penalty shootout to reach the region-finals for the primary time.

Khaled Adenon overlooked out because of a suspension and Seibou Mama and Jodel Dossou have been benched with Seidou Baraze, Sessi D Almeida and Steve Mounie taking their places.

This turned into only the 1/3 time the countries met with Senegal winning 1-zero at home and drawing 1-1 away in 2002 global Cup qualifying.

Senegal implemented most of the early stress with Benin content to sit returned and soak it up earlier than a small crowd on the 30,000-capability 30 June Stadium.

the first scare for Benin become self-inflicted as goalkeeper Owolabi Kassifa fumbled a vulnerable shot and had to unexpectedly regain possession as Mane darted ahead.

Mickael Pote, the veteran Benin forward who bagged a brace in a set draw with Ghana, got here agonisingly close to putting the Squirrels beforehand midway via the opening half of.

He cleverly backheeled a free-kick driven low into the box and the ball flew just extensive with goalkeeper Alfred Gomis beaten.

there was excessive Senegal stress as the outlet 1/2 drew to a close with Verdon coming to the rescue by clearing a Henri Saivet cross.

Verdon and his fellow defenders then blocked 3 near-range attempts by way of the Teranga Lions to break the stalemate before the wreck.

Senegal did get the ball inside the net 9 minutes after 1/2-time, but the Algerian referee blew for offside and VAR confirmed that his decision turned into correct.

A howler from Gomis nearly proficient Benin the lead as he miscued his clearance of a returned-pass and the ball trickled just wide of the aim.

quickly after, Senegal had been rewarded for his or her dominance of ownership and territory whilst Gueye burst into the container and fired over Kassifa.

Benin were fortunate no longer to fall in addition behind in the following few minutes as Senegal had a shot cleared off the line and Mane became denied a purpose with the aid of a marginal offside name.