Mohamed Salah Edges Closer To Revenge Sadio Mane As AFCON Champions Suffers Humiliating Defeat To Egypt

Egypt and Senegal are both battling for a spot in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. On Friday, an own goal by Saliou Ciss separated the two clubs in the first leg.

On Tuesday, the two teams will meet in Dakar for the second leg of their match. 

Egypt beat Senegal 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Friday, taking a slim lead to Dakar for the return leg on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah completely outplayed Sadio Mane. 

Salah set up the only goal in the rematch between the two Liverpool greats, which came six weeks after Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to win their first Africa Cup of Nations title. 

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He beat the offside trap to get on the end of an Amr El Sulaya ball over the top of the defense, striking the bar before the rebound deflected off Senegal defender Saliou Ciss’ knee and into the net for a fantastic start after four minutes. 

Despite a 75,000-strong crowd at the Cairo International Stadium, Egypt could only manage that. Senegal, on the other hand, showed more effort and will still be confident of winning the tie on aggregate and qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar. 

Mane was at the heart of many of his team’s attacks, and he had a great chance to score eight minutes before halftime when a mazy run at the defense saw him create up space to fire, only to stumble at the crucial moment and see his shot go wide. 

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Early in the second half, he also had an opportunity at the back post but failed to make contact with Egypt’s stretched defense. 

Senegal pressed for an equalizer and a potentially crucial away goal until the final whistle, but were held back by some desperate defence.

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