In theory, Senegal were the two stronger teams and also dominated their opponents throughout the tournament. Meanwhile, Egypt, having only scored four goals for this tournament, had to go through thrilling shootouts against Ivory Coast and Cameroon on their way to the final.
Mohamed Salah has been Egypt’s standout player by far, with the forward having enjoyed a spectacular season with Liverpool so far. On the other hand, Cameroon has a lot of talented players like Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibay and Edouard Mendy.
The match was animated from the start as Senegal were awarded a penalty in the 3rd minute after Mohamed Abdelmonem fouled Saliou Ciss inside the box. However, Sadio Mane saw his effort thwarted by Gabaski in goal.
Senegal continued to pressurize as Ismaila Sarr looked very dangerous when he crossed to the right. This became the theme of the first half, until Egypt finally showed some attacking threat as Salah watched as his shot was saved by Mendy in the 43rd minute.
The two sides drew in the first half, with the possibility that Senegal would break the deadlock. The second half started the same way as Gabaski saved another great Famara Diedhiou save from a well-coordinated Sarr combination.
At this time, this goalkeeper is the only one to keep Egypt in the match. The Pharoahs are second by far as they are constantly on their feet throughout the match. Wael Gomaa’s side did well to disappoint Senegal as the two sides finished 90 minutes 0-0.
Senegal continued to assert dominance in extra time, forcing Gabaski to make three smart saves. However, neither side could find a goal that led to a penalty shootout.
Mohamed Abdelmonem and Mohanad Lasheen failed to score as Senegal won 4-2 on penalties, with Salah not getting a chance to take the penalty kick. However, his Liverpool teammate, Mane, scored the final goal to seal victory for the Lions of Teranga.
Liverpool superstars Mane and Salah didn’t have the impact they wanted in the AFCON final
There was much fanfare at the prospect of Liverpool with strikers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah going up against each other in the AFCON final. However, the Liverpool stars were quite silent throughout the match.
Despite Senegal’s dominance of the procedure, it was Watford striker Ismaila Sarr who beat his compatriot on the night. As for Salah, Egypt did not pose much of an attacking threat and the Liverpool forward did not have much service throughout the game.
Egypt’s goalkeeper Gabaski received most of the acclaim tonight as he repeatedly sent Senegal out. The saver even stopped Bouna Sarr in the penalty shootout but was missed by his teammates as Senegal won the competition.
With that being said, here are the best reactions on Twitter to Senegal beating Egypt to win AFCON:
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