AFCON 2021: Sadio Mane Scores Winning Penalty As Senegal Win Maiden Title
Having missed a penalty in regular time, Sadio Mane turned on the style during the penalty shootouts as Senegal beat Egypt to win their first Africa Cup of Nations title.
Egypt goalkeeper, Gabaski saved from the Liverpool star’s effort in the 7th minute from the spot after Saliou Cisse was brought down in the box by Mohamed Abdelmonem.
Despite missing the penalty, the Teranga Lions continued to put more pressure on the north African in a bid to open the scoring but the Egyptian defence was as good as their defensive performances in the tournament before the final.
Edouard Mendy came to the rescue for the Teranga Lions after Mohamed Salah’s shot from just inside the penalty box looked to heading for the top corner. But the Chelsea shot-stopper parried the ball over the crossbar.
After 90 minutes of action, there was no goal to separate both teams as the game headed into extra time.
The extra 30 minutes saw little chances in the way of both teams but Ahmadou Bamba-Dieng came the closest, with his weak shot being pushed away by Gabaski.
Having won their last fixture through penalty shootouts, the Pharaohs were the confident side going into the last action of the game.
However, Abdelmonem and Mohanad Lasheen missed their penalties for Egypt while Bouna Sarr also saw his effort being saved as Mane scored the winning penalty.
Senegal were 4-2 winners in the shootouts ensuring they win their first continental showpiece title after being unsuccessful in two previous finals.
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