Senegal celebrates Mané and pulls the World Cup ticket in the laser thunderstorm

Senegal is celebrating and Egypt is mourning – and the story is not new this year! Just like in the Africa Cup of Nations final in February, a penalty shootout was to decide between these two nations. The familiar image here: Mané became a hero, Salah a grieving figure – laser included.

High spirits and security for the World Cup: Senegal fans can look forward to the World Cup with the team.
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Senegal coach Aliou Cissé, who and his protégés had lost the first leg 0-1 in this crucial duel over the World Cup ticket with Egypt, demanded quite a bit from the start this time. And his players played with bite and pure greed, pushing the well-known opponent (won 4: 2 IE only in the final of the Africa Cup) in the back and early to 1: 0.

Here at Stade Me Abdoulaye Wade, Egypt’s coach Carlos Queiroz saw a host’s free kick that was not cleared well enough by his side before Hamdi Fathi scored an own goal just before his own goal (4 ‘).

Lasers over lasers

Aside from a few attempts to complete, this game subsequently mutated to a manageable number. Mistakes, mistakes, discussions and minor group formations basically completely hampered the flow of the game until the 90th minute. From a neutral point of view, it did not have much to do with an intoxicating football festival, which was also due to the large number of spectators in the stands. In fact, countless people here were equipped with laser pointers, with which the players and the referee were constantly distracted.

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All in all, however, the local Lions from Teranga were the playfully better and also more pleasant team, while Egypt’s galleon figure Salah actually came up with very little constructively. His Liverpool team-mate Mané was more involved from the Senegalese side – and almost failed in the 63rd minute. But because his teammate Ismaila Sarr miserably missed goalkeeper El-Shenawy shortly before the end of regular playing time (82nd), it went into overtime.

The decision in favor of Senegal was to be made in the first 15 minutes, but it did not happen because of Hexer El-Shenawy. The goalkeeper saved against Ismaila Sarr (92nd), Pape Abou Cissé (94th) and again against Ismaila Sarr (96th) and Pape Abou Cissé (104th).

Symbols Mané and Salah

The logical consequence of this, because the Egyptian offensive department still could not think of anything: the penalty shootout. Like on February 6, 2022, when Senegal defeated Egypt 4-2 on pens (Mané then 4-2, Salah was no longer in action as the fifth shooter), the nerve-racker had to make the decision again.

goals and maps

1: 0Hamdi Fathi (4 ‘, own goal)





referee team

Mustapha Ghorbal

And what a thriller it was: First, Koulibaly, Salah, Ciss and Zizo missed one after the other before Ismaila Sarr opened the scoring for Senegal 1-0 (click here for ticker). Al-Sulaya made it 1-1, Dieng made it 2-1 and Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy saved in a duel with Egypt’s Mostafa Mohamed. Thus, as in the Africa Cup final, Mané had the decision on his toes – and thundered the ball right in the middle of the net to win. So once again, Salah had to mourn with her men while Senegal bought the World Cup ticket to the big winter tournament in Qatar in the most dramatic way imaginable in the capital Dakar.

Also Ghana

The group draw for the World Cup will take place next Friday (LIVE! By kicker in the detailed ticker) – from an African point of view, outsider Ghana will also be there, who was still without ceremonial eliminated from the Africa Cup. The Nation Around Thomas Partey, St. Pauli Kyereh and Kieler Wriedt, who qualified for the World Cup for the fourth time, held on after 0-0 in the first match thanks to the rule of away goals still in force in FIFA with a 1-1 draw against favorite Nigeria.

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