Senegal on Monday beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener.

The defeat was harsh on Zimbabwe as Sadio Mane scored a penalty, seven minutes into added time.

Kelvin Madzongwe was adjudged to have handled as he turned his back on a strike from substitute Pape Gueye, in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Without wasting much time, Liverpool’s Mane scored to give Senegal the perfect start to the group.

In the match, Senegal had earlier missed a host of chances as the best fell to midfielder Gana Gueye shortly before half-time but the Paris Saint-Germain star could not control an easy pass from Mane with the goal beckoning.

In the half, Mane himself had been denied earlier when shooting straight at Zimbabwe goalkeeper Petros Mhari, who impressed, after wriggling into space in the box.