Cheikhou Kouyate helped his Senegal side book their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by beating Sudan 1-0 in Khartoum on Tuesday.
The Palace man once again skippered his side to a second win of the international break, having beaten the same opponents 3-0 the week before. That handed them a great chance reaching the finals in Cameroon if they could claim victory in the corresponding fixture.
However things didn't seem to be going to plan as Sudan held the Lions of Teranga throughout the contest, until in the 87th minute substitute Sidney Sarr popped up with the goal that sent Senegal into their 15th AFCON.
That saw themselves and Madagascar seal the two qualifying spots in Group A, with African powerhouses Egypt and Tunisia also sealing their places in the tournament, which will be the first to take place in the summer months rather than it's traditional January/February timeslot.
Kouyate played all 90 minutes of the game in what was his 45th cap for his country, and how he seems set to feature in his third AFCON as Senegal aim to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.