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.
Sadio Mane’s game by numbers vs Egypt:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 29, 2022
120 minutes played
54 total touches
10 duels won
7 attempted dribbles
4 successful dribbles
4 chances created
3 crosses played
1 winning penalty
Sends his country to the World Cup. 🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/lKNKaYwNPX
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.