Senegal vs Egypt – Football Match Report – 29 March 2022
Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shoot-out after dominating a thrilling game from start to finish on Tuesday to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar as their two-legged CAF qualifier ended 1-1 overall.
Egypt entered the game with a 1-0 aggregate lead after the first leg, but it was only minutes after kick-off when Hamdi Fathi’s own goal after a poor clearance gave in Senegal an early lead in the second leg.
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The hosts were by far the better side in the first half in front of a raucous crowd of 50,000 at the new Diamniadio Olympic Stadium outside Dakar, but they couldn’t find another goal and settled for a 1-0 advantage at the break.
Egypt substitute Zizo had two glorious chances to put his side ahead after coming on in the 70th minute, but the Zamalek striker lacked an edge and both chances were overdue as the game went into overtime.
It was then Senegal’s turn to squander a golden chance as Ismaila Sarr’s curling shot missed wide of the far post after going free at goal with only Egyptian keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy to beat.
Sarr missed another shock early in extra time, with his close-range shot from a Sadio Mane cross going straight at El-Shenawy with the goal otherwise wide open.
Senegal continued their dominance throughout extra time, but had nothing to show for and the match ended in a shootout.
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. Mane struck the decisive spot-kick as the hosts prevailed to book a World Cup place for the third time in the country’s history.
Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah missed the opening kick for Egypt on Tuesday in a rematch of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final, which Senegal won 4- 2 in an equally dramatic shootout.