Mane And Mendy Are Heroes As Senegal Beat Egypt To Win AFCON 2021
Mane and Mendy were heroes for Senegal on Sunday as they beat Egypt to win AFCON 2021.
Newsone reports that Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane scored the winning spot-kick – after missing one in the opening minutes of the game – as Senegal claimed their first Africa Cup of Nations title with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over seven-time winners Egypt on Sunday, February 6, 2022.
This online news platform understands that the Liverpool midfielder stepped up to make history for the West African nation on Sunday at the Olembe Stadium in Cameroon’s Yaounde, and banished the memories of the team’s failure when they lost the final to Algeria two years ago.
Also, Chelsea Football Club first choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved from Mohanad Lasheen in the shoot-out to allow Mane the chance to seal the win and gain just reward for Senegal, who had been by far the better side in the final but spurned numerous opportunities to win the game.
The silver winning Egypt had their goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal to thank for getting them into the shoot-out as he was outstanding in keeping Senegal at bay in what was the fourth time in as many games they had played extra time in energy-sapping conditions.
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How penalties were taken
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) succeeds from the penalty spot.
Zizo (Egypt) scores!
Abdou Diallo (Senegal) converts his penalty!
Mohamed Abdel Monem (Egypt) misses his penalty attempt!
Bouna Sarr (Senegal) misses
Marwan Hamdi (Egypt) scores from the penalty spot.
Bamba Dieng (Senegal) scores from the penalty spot.
Mohanad Mostafa Lasheen (Egypt) misses!
Sadio Mane (Senegal) converts his penalty!
There may be some poetic justice for Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, who was captain of the side in 2002 when they lost the final on penalties to Cameroon after a goalless draw, having missed his kick in the shoot-out.
Egypt, who had to do without suspended coach Carlos Queiroz in the dug-out, battled to get into the game and created only half-chances, with their talisman Mohamed Salah largely ineffective.
Salah was in tears at the end, having also lost the 2017 final to Cameroon and seeing his Liverpool teammate Mane seal his fate this time around.