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Football | Afcon 2017

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How Giresse masterminded Ghana's fall

Senegal captain Bouna Coundoul says coach Alain Giresse's tactical acumen was instrumental in the side's win over Ghana in their African Cup of Nations opener in Equatorial Guinea on Monday.

Coundoul caused a penalty that led to Ghana's opener, but his team rallied in the second half to dominate the Black Stars and win 2-1.

The Afcon's Group C opener was a classic game of two halves and supersport.com asked the captain and goalkeeper what happened in the dressing room at half time .

“At half time, our coach told us that if we really want to win this match we must not hold back or fear conceding another goal. So we opened up and fought for every ball until the last minute. That is how we came back to beat the Black Stars.”

And that is exactly what they did.

After peppering their west African opponents on the wings and matching them at speed, Senegal's dominance paid off with Mame Biram Diouf's header after 58 minutes.

Moussa Sow emerged from the bench and slotted in the match winner with seconds remaining.


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