There were alarming scenes at the Africa Cup of Nations as Sadio Mane suffered a suspected concussion in helping Senegal reach the quarter-finals.
The Liverpool striker opened the scoring against Cape Verde, but was substituted minutes afterwards having seemingly collapsed.
Mane was involved in a serious clash of heads with Cape Verde's Vozinha, which led to the goalkeeper being shown a red card 12-minutes into the second half.
This was a heavy head collision,but Mane was on the pitch for an extra 16mins, scored a goal before eventually off for further treatment.
Really hope he's fine.#AFCON2021https://t.co/0kb6JBYxiE
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The 29-year old appeared clearly dazed at the time, but was allowed to continue.
At first, the decision paid dividends as he curled a right-footed shot into the top corner of the Cape Verde net just after the hour mark.
Shortly thereafter, the scene became a worrying one as Mane slumped to the ground and required assistance to leave the field.
Sadio Mané goes down with suspected concussion after scoring for Senegal 🤕 pic.twitter.com/OozPqQaFHv
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Bamba Nieng added a second for Senegal to help them reach the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over their nine men opposition.
Vozinha's dismissal came after Patrick Andrade was shown a red card midway through the first half.
Cape Verde also lost Roberto Lopes at half-time. The Shamrock Rovers defender had been one of a number of their squad to suffer from food poisoning in recent days. Videos posted to social media graphically showed the bug biting Lopes hard.
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