DAKAR, March 26 (Reuters) - Senegal strengthened their hold on their World Cup qualifying group with a 6-1 thrashing of Liberia on Saturday.
The home side's flamboyant performance was led by in-form
striker El Hadji Diouf but it was his Bolton Wanderers team mate
Khalilou Fadiga who opened the scoring, hammering the ball home
from a free kick just outside the penalty area on 17 minutes.
Senegal's second came from a zinging Diouf penalty after
forward Mamadou Niang was brought down by Liberia's goalkeeper
as he was about to fire home.
Liberia, who failed to find funds to fly in their
foreign-based contingent, crumbled completely after halftime
allowing Abdoulaye Diagne Faye, Henri Camara and Moussa Ndiaye
to add their names to the scoresheet.
Diagne Faye sprung on to the end of a curling Diouf pass,
heading the ball into the corner of the net before the keeper
Southampton striker Camara then nimbly weaved his way past
two men and struck the fourth blow for Senegal.
The 60,000 home fans roared their appreciation and they
didn't have long to wait for the fifth when Ndiaye took the ball
deep from Fadiga and lobbed home.
Final honours fell to Diouf, who shimmied his way past the
defence for his second six minutes from time.
Senegal are joint top of African zone Group One with 13
points from six matches, equal with Zambia, who beat Congo 2-0
earlier on Saturday.