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Senegal beat Egypt, Senegal fans fire laser pointers in pens

Update : 31 Mar 2022, 10:50

Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar as their two-legged CAF playoff finished 1-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane delivered the winning spot kick as Senegal edged Egypt 3-1 on penalties at the end of World Cup playoff second leg at the new Diamniadio Olympic Stadium in Dakar.

Boulaye Dia scored in the fourth minute as Senegal won the second leg 1-0 for a 1-1 aggregate draw after extra time, which was packed with a capacity 50,000 crowd hours before kickoff.

Sadio Mané won the match with his final penalty, sending his country to the World Cup and the tens of thousands of laser-wielding fans into bedlam. Ismaila Sarr spurned a golden chance in the 82nd. He was put free on goal by Mane’s defence-splitting pass but with goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy rushing out to close the angle, Sarr contrived to put the ball wide of the target.

In extra time, Senegal could also have avoided the shootout but Pape Abou Cisse had two efforts well stopped by El Shennawy and Pape Gueye shot wide 13 minutes from the end of extra time.

Senegal scored their final three penalties and Edouard Mendy, who is not noted as a great stopper of penalties, saved a penalty from Mostafa Mohamed.

In the shootout, the first four penalties were wasted before Sarr put Senegal ahead and Bamba Dieng made it 2-1 before Edouard Mendy saved from Mostafa Mohamed. That gave Mane the opprtunity to be a hero all over again with Senegal’s fifth kick.

Senegal edged Egypt on post-match penalties last month to win the Cup of Nations final in Cameroon. That match ended goalless with Senegal winning 4-2 on spotkicks with Mane converting the decisive penalty.

Senegal's supporters bathed Egypt's players in green lasers throughout the match. This had to have affected Egypt, especially during the penalties. Many took to social media, creating memes about the heavy presence of the green lights.

According to the contract of Egypt coach Carlos Quieroz, a failure to qualify to the World Cup triggers the termination of his position as manager. Whether this means the true end of his tenure, or he will be rehired, remains to be seen.

Egypt last qualified for the FIFA World Cup four years ago, which was the first time an Egyptian national team made it for 30 years. Fans of Egyptian football only hope that this loss dos not portend another three decades away from the tournament.



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