Sadio Mane appeared to be knocked out after a collision but the winger was allowed to play during Senegal's AFCON 2021 Round of 16 clash against Cape Verde on January 25. The Liverpool winger was clear on goal when he and Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha collided hard with the former dropping down in what looked to be a painful clash. He however was surprisingly allowed to play and 10 minutes later, scored a scintillating goal to break the deadlock and give his side the lead. Senegal eventually won 2-0 with a late strike from Bamba Dieng.
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Mane was seen chasing a delivery which was cleared by the Senegal defense and the Liverpool forward ran with full throttle with only the keeper to beat. But Cape Verde keeper Vozinha too ran out of the box in an attempt to clear the delivery. The two were involved in a very nasty collision and replays showed that Mane might have been unconscious from the clash. Cape Verde were eventually reduced to nine men after Vozinha received marching orders.
But Mane was surprisingly allowed to remain on the pitch and after scoring the goal, he was eventually subbed off in the 70th minute. See his goal in the video below.
Senegal vs Cape Verde Video Highlights:
📹 𝐇𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐒: 🇸🇳 2-0 🇨🇻
Goals from Sadio Mane and Bamba Dieng put #TeamSenegal in the quarter-finals.
— #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 🏆 (@CAF_Online) January 25, 2022
Later on, both Vozinha and Mane were pictured in the hospital with both appearing to be fine from the latter's Instagram story.
See His Instagram Story Below:
Amidst all of these events, Senegal managed to beat Cape Verde 2-0 and advance to the quarterfinals of AFCON 2021. There's no update about the severity of the injury though with Senegal hoping that the star forward recovers in quick time.
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