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Sadio Mane was Senegal’s hero in the shootout in Afcon after Liverpool friend Mo Salah helped the keeper SAVE his penalty in normal time

SADIO MANE claimed bragging rights at Anfield by hitting the decisive penalty as Senegal became champions of Afcon for the first time.

Mane is finally better Mohamed Salah having MISS from position in normal time thanks to the intervention of his Liverpool teammates.

Senegal lifts the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history

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Senegal lifts the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their historyCredit: AFP
Mane scores the winning penalty in the penalty shootout, kicks from 12 yards in normal time

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Mane scores the winning penalty in the penalty shootout, kicks from 12 yards in normal timeCredit: AFP

Salah whispers instructions to the man of the Gabaski match while mane got ready to make – and the Egypt keeper saved his powerful effort in the middle.

But it was Mane who got the last laugh as he delivered his second penalty kick to give Gabaski the right to seal the deal at the time of his death, after Chelsea Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved Mohanad Lasheen’s kick to open the scoring.

Salah is expected to go on, and was in tears as his Anfield team-mate delivered the decisive blow.

For the third game in a row, Egypt’s knockout tie went to a penalty shootout, and it looked like Gabaski could be the hero once again as he denied Mane from the penalty spot after just seven minutes.

Egypt centre-back Mohamed Abdelmonem facing Saliou Ciss saw a penalty taken in a frantic start – to the chagrin of suspended boss Carlos Quieroz, who watched from the stands.

Mane had to wait three minutes before taking the penalty as Egypt delayed by protesting the decision.

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Salah told Gabaski how to dive for the penalty in Mane's normal time

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Salah told Gabaski how to dive for the penalty in Mane’s normal timeCredit: Getty

And around that time, Salah spoke to Gabaski, seemingly giving him some advice because he knew Mane inside and out.

At one stage, Mane approached the Egyptian and said something to himself as he appeared to point in the direction he was going.

Salah and Gabaski will win when the brilliant keeper pushes out a toxic penalty – which is smashed down the middle.

Senegal continued to pressurize through Mane and Ismaila Sarr but were knocked down by the last of the balls as Egypt barely sniffed.

Salah’s first real spark came after 27 minutes when a “Messi-esque” run caused five defenders to block but his skillful shot was blocked.

Egypt gradually improved after a goalless first half and Abdelmonem nodded with a free kick with 22 minutes remaining.

Mane smiles brightly after helping Senegal win

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Mane smiles brightly after helping Senegal winCredit: Reuters
What Salah had to do with a silver medal after falling at the final hurdle

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What Salah had to do with a silver medal after falling at the final hurdleCredit: Reuters

Marwan Hamdi somehow headed from six yards with 15 to start the game that had already been decided for penalties.

Victor Gomes is gone SIX reservations, foul 53 and even offered Salah his card and whistled after the captain lamented a decision.

Mane was placed for a stamp on Emam Ashour and was lucky to avoid another when he showed up for a dive before the TV series kicked off.

When the final shootout came, both goalkeepers were checking their water bottles for notes – but Mendy & Co were the man of the match when Egypt missed two goals against Senegal.

The Chelsea and Mane savers will now return to the race for the Premier League title with a medal already in their pockets.

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