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Mane The Hero Once Again As Senegal Seal World Cup Qualification Against Egypt

Recently crowned continental champion, Senegal once again were the better side as they beat Egypt in a penalty shootout after a thrilling game on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar for the second time in succession as matches both in away and home soil finished 1-1 on aggregate.

Egypt came into the match as favorites aftermath of their 1-0 aggregate lead owing to the results of the first leg, but things were soon back to normalcy the moment it was all square minutes after kickoff when Hamdi Fathi’s put the ball past his own goalkeeper after a poor clearance gave Senegal an early second-leg lead.

As the game progresses, the Senegalese were cleary the better side in the fi Me Abdoulaye Wade stadium situated outside of Dakar, but the breakthrough just didn’t come and they had to settled for a 1-0 advantage going into the break.

After the break, Egypt substitute and Zamalek attacker Zizo after coming on into the game had two glorious chances to give his team the lead but couldn’t capitalize as he lacked the cutting edge.

Well Senegal subsequently weren’t to be left out in having their downturns for the night as it was then Senegal’s turn to waste a gilt-edged chance most notably Ismaila Sarr’s curling shot missed wide of the far post moments after finding himself free on goal with only the Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy to beat. Sarr missed another shocker early in extra time, with his effort from close range after a cross from Liverpool forward Sadio Mane going straight at the Egyptian goalie El-Shenawy with the goal post being wide open.

Senegal continued taking charge throughout extra time, but couldn’t capitalize to put the ball at the back of the net as the game went straight to shootout that saw Mane scoring the decisive spot-kick on one hand and Mohammed Salah missing his on the other hand as the host nation prevailed to book their place at the World Cup for the third time in the country’s history having also gone through the same path a month ago at the Afcon final.

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