Egypt and Senegal stood up to their reputation, rekindling their rivalry in the World Cup qualifying race.
Saliou Ciss’ fourth-minute own goal was enough to give the Pharaohs a valuable win ahead of the second leg.
The battle continues on Tuesday, March 29, as both teams will meet in Dakar for the second leg.
Egypt’s Pharaohs moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after defeating Senegal 1-0 at Cairo Stadium on Friday night.
Both teams had played in the final of the 2022 AFCON tournament in February, with the Teranga Lions winning on penalties.
Both teams were drawn to face each other in the World Cup play-offs, with Egypt winning the first leg by a razor-thin margin.
The game’s first goal came in the fourth minute after a through ball for Mohamad Salah was beautifully controlled by the Liverpool player.
From the chance, he fired against the crossbar, but the rebound hit Saliou Ciss, who couldn’t stop the ball from going into his own net! Egypt leads 1-0.
After Salah crossed excellently in the 25th minute, the hosts had another half-chance through Mostafa Mohamed, but Mostafa’s header was comfortably handled by Edouard Mendy.
Six minutes before halftime, Sadio Mane made his first impact on the game, breaking through the Egypt midfield and reaching the outside of the box, but striking over.