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Souare And Bolasie Star In AFCON Wins

15 June 2015

Pape Souaré featured for Senegal in their 3-1 Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Qualification victory over Burundi on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes. Premier League regulars Mame Biram Diouf, of Stoke City, and Southampton's Sadio Mané were both on the scoresheet for Souaré's side, with Moussa Konaté having opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Fiston Abdul Razak had scored for the visitors in Dakar, before the Premier League duo of Diouf and Mané restored and then extended Senegal's lead.

Yannick Bolasie was also in AFCON Qualification action for the Democratic Republic of Congo, playing the full 90 minutes in his country's 2-1 win over Madagascar in Kinshasa. The winger played a sublime low cross for Firmin Mubele Ndombe's opener, as the Leopards got their qualification campaign off to a flying start.

Midfielder James McArthur made a brief cameo appearance for Scotland, coming on in the 85th minute for Scott Brown, as they ground out a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

The home side had taken a first half lead through Jonathan Walters, before a second half own goal from John O'Shea levelled the scores and ensured that the points were shared at full-time. The draw leaves McArthur's Scotland third in Group D, two points clear of the Republic of Ireland and only marginally behind Germany and Poland in second and first respectively. Barry Bannan did not feature for Gordon Strachan's side.

Algeria smashed the Seychelles 4-0 in their AFCON Qualifier, though Adlene Guedioura played no part.

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