In an enthralling clash between two football giants, Senegal, the reigning champions of Africa, triumphed 4-2 over Brazil in a highly-anticipated international friendly on Tuesday night in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sadio Mane was twice on target to help Senegal fight back and shock the five-time world champions’ third loss in their last four matches.

It was the first time Brazil had lost by two goals since they were beaten 2-0 by Chile in 2015, while they had not conceded four or more in a match since they were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Lucas Paqueta puts Brazil in the lead early in the first half before Vinicius Jr was fouled inside the box. However, the referee’s decision was overturned following a VAR review for an offside in the buildup.

Strasbourg man Habibou Mouhamadou Diallo drew Senegal level in the 22nd minute and Marquinho’s own goal in the 52nd gave Senegal the lead before Mane made it three for the African Champions.

However, Marquinhos made amends for his earlier mistake as he scored to level the scoreline from a loose ball inside the box, but Senegal kept their cool and extended their lead when Mane scored from the penalty spot after Nicolas Jackson was fouled inside the box by Brazil goalkeeper Ederson.

It was another blow for Brazil, who have Under-20 manager Ramon Menezes acting as a caretaker coach.

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