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Mane sends Senegal to Qatar in shootout after Salah misses for Egypt

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Sadio Mane netted the decisive penalty in a shootout to take Senegal to the 2022 World Cup after Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah missed his spot-kick for Egypt.

In a repetition of February’s Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal were left euphoric after the final whistle after prevailing on penalties, with Egypt’s team disconsolate and Salah – one of the world’s top players – left contemplating his absence from November’s championship in Qatar.

The second leg of the play-off encounter in Senegal’s new 50,000-seater stadium went 1-0 to the hosts and 1-1 on aggregate after extra time, putting the game to a tense and thrilling shootout.

Mane had netted the penalty which won the Nations Cup and the Reds striker notched the deciding spot-kick once again after goalie Edouard Mendy had given Senegal an edge by saving from Mostafa Mohamed at 2-1.

Egypt captain Salah was one of four players to miss the first four penalties of a shootout marked by a massive number of green laser pointers directed at the visiting players and goalkeeper.

Senegal’s Boulaye Dia was the scorer of the only goal in normal time – notching after just four minutes with a shot that hit the body of Pharaohs defender Hamdi Fathi.

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