Afcon 2015: Algeria, Senegal win opening encounters

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Ghana 1-2 Senegal

sowMoussa Sow struck late in injury time to earn Senegal victory over Ghana.

The substitute scored with virtually the last kick of the game, slotting in from the edge of the box to snatch all three point for the Teranga Lions.

Ghana’s Andrew Ayew scored a first-half penalty after Everton winger Christian Atsu had been fouled.

But Senegal roared back and hit the bar through Kara Mbodj, before Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf nodded in an equaliser and Sow wrapped up the win.

It had looked as though the game was heading for a draw and what would have be the fourth 1-1 result in five games at the tournament.

But Sow’s late intervention gave Senegal the victory their second-half domination deserved.

Algeria 3-1 South Africa

_80376796_tokelorantiegettyTournament favourites Algeria came back from a goal down to eventually earn a comfortable win in their opening game.

After dominating the first half, South Africa took a 51st-minute lead when Thuso Phala finished a flowing move.

Tokelo Rantie missed the chance to double the lead when his penalty hit the bar and Thulani Hlatshwayo headed past his own keeper to level the score.

Faouzi Ghoulam put Algeria ahead with a fierce shot and Islam Slimani squeezed the third under goalkeeper Darren Keet.

South Africa will feel they missed the chance to cause a shock – especially after having the better of things for two-thirds of the match.

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