Two of Africa’s best meet in the first leg of their African World Cup qualifier playoff series as Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah face off once again in a high-stakes international showdown.
In a repeat of the African Cup of Nations final, Egypt face off against Senegal almost seven weeks after Mane fired in the winning penalty to see his side lift the African title.
That game was a tense and nervy affair and this one should follow a similar pattern, given the prize of playing at the world’s biggest sporting event is up for grabs.
Neither team has played since that final, and they will now face each other two more times within the space of a few days to decides who gets the golden ticket to Qatar. The first leg comes from Cairo, as Senegal travel to Egypt.
Mohamed Salah has played more games alongside Sadio Mané (210) than any other team-mate in his career. 🫂
Mo has played against Mané three times… and never won.
This time, a place in the World Cup is on the line. 😤
— Squawka (@Squawka) March 25, 2022
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Egypt vs. Senegal live score
Goals: 4′ S.Ciss (OG)
(All times Eastern)
HALF-TIME: EGYPT 1-0 SENEGAL
45th Min: YELLOW CARD FOR NAMPALYS MENDY! But the freekick leads to nothing for Egypt.
41st Min: HAMDI HEADS OVER! Another chance for Egypt, this time from a free kick as centre back Mahmoud Hamdi heads well over.
39th Min: Fired over from Mane! Sadio Mane makes his first impact on the game as he breaks through the Egypt midfield reaching the edge of the box but fires over!
36th Min: Senegal put together a few minutes of pressure on the Egyptian defence but could not manage a shot on target.
31st Min: YELLOW CARD FOR EGYPT – Hamad Fathi is carded for a late tackle outside of his own box. Free Kick for Senegal in a dangerous position!
25th Min: Half a chance for Mostafa Mohamed after Salah crosses well but Mostafa’s header was easily caught by Edouard Mendy.
20th Min: No chances since the goal, as the game has settled down, but chances are a premium so far!
6th Min: A through ball for Mohamad Salah was brilliantly controlled by the Liverpool man, who fired against the cross-bar from the chance, but the rebound hit Saliou Ciss and there was nothing he could do to stop the ball from going into his own net! What a start for the home side!
Egypt take an early 1-0 lead through a Senegal own goal pic.twitter.com/gIQMDw5kJb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 25, 2022
5th Min: GOAL FOR EGYPT!
1st Min: KICK-OFF: We are underway in Cairo!
3:27 p.m: FACT: Senegal have won the last 3 games against Egypt in all competitions.
3:15 p.m.: Not long to go now, the stage is set. We’re 15 minutes away!
👕 🇪🇬 👕 🇸🇳
Stunning views from the dressing rooms for Egypt’s anticipated clash against Senegal 🔥#WCQ | #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YCVAVm9Mdy
— CAF (@CAF_Online) March 25, 2022
3:00 p.m.: Sadio Mane plays in Mohamed Salah’s shadow at Liverpool, but he has the edge when they meet on the national team level.
Egypt vs. Senegal first leg. AFCON final rematch. World Cup place up for grabs.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mané meet again 💥 pic.twitter.com/M561VDx1bb
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 25, 2022
Egypt vs Senegal lineups
Egypt starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-El-Shenawy (GK) — 14-Gaber, 2-Abdelmonem, 15-Hamdi, 13-Fatouh — 5-Fathi, 17-Elneny, 4-El-Solia— 10-Salah, 11-Mostafa Mohamed, 7-Trezeguet.
Egypt subs: 23-Sobhi (GK), 16-Abou Gabal (GK), 6-Ibrahim, 20-Alaa, 12-Ashraf, 8-Ashour, 22-Afsha, 3-Kamal, 21-Zizo, 18-Donga, 19-Marmoush
Senegal starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 16-Mendy (GK) — 2-Ciss, 22-Diallo, 3-Koulibaly, 20-Sarr — 5-Gueye, 6-Mendy, 8-Kouyate — 10-Mane, 19-Diedhiou, 18-Sarr.
Senegal subs (12): 23-Badara Faty (GK), 1-Kamara (GK), 4-Abou Cisse, 21-Sabaly, 14-Seck, 12-Ballo-Toure, 13-Gueye, 11-Loum, 17-Sarr, 9-Dia, 15-Bamba Dieng, 7-Keita Balde
Egypt 🇪🇬 all fired up ahead of Friday’s #WCQ with Senegal 🇸🇳.
— GOAL Africa (@GOALAfrica) March 24, 2022
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