Egypt rejects penalty shootout gifts and gives Senegal qualification


The Egyptian team lost its match with its Senegalese counterpart, on Tuesday evening, 3-1 on penalties, in the second leg of the decisive round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

The original and extra time of the match ended with Senegal’s 1-0 victory, after Egypt won the first leg with the same score, so the two teams ruled for penalty kicks.

Senegal’s victory came to decide the qualification of the African champions to the World Cup in its next edition, which will be held in Qatar next November.

The Senegalese team managed to score its first goal in the match early, just three minutes after the start, after a cross was wrongly missed by Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, to bounce back to Boulay Dia, who put it into the net.

The first signs of the Egyptian danger appeared after 14 minutes of the first half, after a ball was kicked by Mohamed El-Nini from outside the penalty area, but it passed over the crossbar of goalkeeper Edward Mendy.

The Senegalese team intensified its attack, to get a corner kick in the 24th minute by Sadio Mane, to be matched by Pape Cisse with a header that passed over Mohamed El Shennawy’s goal.

Egypt defender Ramy Rabia suffered a hamstring injury after a short race between him and Sadio Mane, falling on the field before leaving him in the 27th minute, to be replaced by Ayman Ashraf.

Ismaila Sarr fired a missile from outside the penalty area in the 28th minute, and Mohamed El-Shennawy narrowly missed it from his net, before rebounding to Bona Sarr, who did not control it, to go out to a goal kick.

Omar Jaber fell to the ground after suffering an ankle injury in the 30th minute, before he continued playing to fall again in the 35th minute, to leave in a second emergency substitution for the Pharaohs, and Imam Ashour replaced him.

Senegal midfielder Nambales Mendy fired a powerful shot from outside the penalty area in the 42nd minute, but it just passed near the right post of Mohamed El-Shennawy.

Egypt threatened Senegal’s goal again in the 51st minute after a pass from Mohamed Salah to Aboul Fotouh, who passed a through ball to Trezeguet inside the penalty area, to hit it from a narrow angle in Mendy’s body.

Queiroz threw offensive cards in the 70th minute after he pushed Ahmed Sayed “Zizou” and Mustafa Mohamed instead of Mahmoud Trezeguet and Omar Marmoush, and Nabil Imad entered “Dunga” instead of Mohamed Elneny.

A minute later, Mohamed Salah turned a wonderful cross to Zizou inside the Senegal penalty area, turning it with a wonderful header that passed just next to Mendy’s left post.

In the 76th minute, Zizou, Yusuf Sabali, manipulated on the left side, penetrated the penalty area and fired a shot into the narrow corner, but it came into the outer net of Mendy.

In the 82nd minute, Senegal threatened Egypt’s goal strongly after Ismaila Sarr was explicitly alone with Mohamed El-Shennawy, after a defensive heedlessness from the Pharaohs, but he hit the ball next to the left post of the goal.

The two teams went to extra time after the end of the original meeting time, with Senegal winning with a clean goal (a tie in the total of the two matches), so that the hosts posed an early danger after three minutes of its start.

The danger came after a cross ball played by Pape Cisse with a strong header, which El-Shennawy brilliantly pushed into a corner, which turned on the head of Coulibaly, who played it in the hands of the Egyptian goalkeeper.

The 96th minute came with a new dangerous Senegalese opportunity after Mane’s launch on the left side, to turn a cross to Ismaila Sarr, who shot it into the almost empty goal, but a great attempt by Al-Shennawi led to the ball hitting his body before entering the net.

And the remaining minutes of extra time passed without any danger to both goals, despite Senegal’s great possession of the ball, so the two teams resorted to penalty kicks to determine who qualified for the World Cup.

And the trio of Mohamed Salah, Zizou and Mustafa Mohamed missed three penalty kicks for the Egyptian team, while Amr Al-Sulayya scored Egypt’s only kick.

While Kalidou Coulibaly, Bona Sarr missed two penalties for Senegal, while the trio Ismaila Sarr, Bamba Diang and Sadio Mane scored for the Lions, to qualify for the World Cup.


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