Senegal qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after beating Egypt 3-1 in a penalty shootout thanks to a brilliant goal by Sadio Mane. Mo Salah and Co. come into the tie after having a 1-0 lead from the first leg. However, the scoreline was leveled in the fourth minute when Hamdi Fathy’s own goal gave Senegal the lead at the start of the second leg. Despite this, the host team left no stone unturned. They had more possession than the visitors at the Diamandio Olympic Stadium, but were not able to find the back of the net, and had to settle for a 1–0 advantage during the first half.
During the second half, Egyptian substitute Zizo had a few chances to put the team in the lead. But those chances were squandered and the match slowly pushed into extra time. Senegal also tried to cut a pass but wasted a half chance as Ismaila Sarr’s shot missed the far post. His efforts were then repelled by the Egyptian defender Mohammed al-Shenawi. As the play was set in motion in extra time, some missed chances worried the Senegalese fans. However, their dominance continued in overtime as well. But his goal-scoring efforts proved to be little effective, as the game went to a penalty shootout.
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The first four penalties went in vain. In the midst of lasers being fired at Salah’s face, Koulibaly hit the bar first, before Salah attempted a strike. Siss’s penalty was saved before Zizo rolled perfectly upright.
Ismaila Sarr finally managed to get Senegal into action. Edouard Mendy saved the class from Mustafa Mohamed before Bamba Dieng made it 2-1. Mane then rose to the occasion and made it to the World Cup for the third time for the team.
Sadio Mane once again beat his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian team was heartbroken after failing to secure a place in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The two teams faced each other in similar fashion in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final, where Senegal won 4-2 in an equally dramatic shootout.