Senegal's Saliou Ciss, Moussa Konate and Mohamed Diame (L-R) celebrate victory against Uruguay after their men's preliminary first round Group A soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Wembley Stadium in London July 29, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)
Senegal and lead scorer Moussa Konate stunned the world with a dominant 2-0 win over heavy favorite Uruguay.
The match was an open back and forth affair with both teams trading opportunities. Just 10 minutes into the match, a corner met a diving header from Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate. Uruguayan goalkeeper Matin Campana made a tremendous save on the header but it simply found the foot of a patient Konate who tucked the ball in to give Senegal a 1-0 lead.
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Senegal jeopardized their lead when Abdoulaye Ba was given a red card for a trip on Luis Suarez. But it would not stop the Lions of Teranga who would double their lead when another corner found Konate in the box. He then scored his third goal of the tournament and gave Senegal a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The teams traded a few chances to end the first half, but they came to nothing. In the second half, the 10-man Senegal squad sat back and absorbed pressure in anticipation of an explosive counter attack. The match slowed and the Uruguayans eventually ran out of time. For the second straight match, Luis Suarez failed to deliver when his team needed him.
The win gave Senegal four points and put them in a tie with Great Britain in Group A. A win against the United Arab Emirates qualifies them for the second round. A tie will also do the trick as a victory in the Great Britain-Uruguay match would only affect their placement in the group. Uruguay meanwhile needs a win against Great Britain in order to move on to the second round. A tie would put them through if Senegal loses to UAE by more than three goals.