By Uche Dozie
Senegal have booked one of the tickets to the next world cup in Qatar after overcoming Egypt for the second time in two months in the world cup qualifiers.
An electrifying match filled with unpalatable scenes of unfriendly nature of the Senegalese fans plus moments of face offs between the two benches ended one all at regulation time.
Senegal scored early in the third minutes to cancel Egypt’s advantage which they got in the first leg after winning one nil.
The hosts launched an instant attack and earned a foul on the left of Egypt’s penalty area when Ciss was brought down by Ramy Rabia.
Idrissa Gueye then whipped in the subsequent free-kick, which is cleared straight to the feet of Boulaye Dia, who scrambled the ball past Mohammed El Shenawy and into the back of the net.
Senegal just like the first leg played with more intensity especially after scoring the goal earlier on.
The Egyptians did make their first attempt at goal in the nineteenth minutes, but nothing significant cane out of it.
The home team continued on the ascendency making it two in the later part of the half, but great defending by the Pharaohs keept the score one nil at half time.
The second half with the same feel like the first, but it was Egypt who cane close to scoring in the 52nd minutes as Fattoh was released through on goal, but his shot is kept out by Mendy and the ball eventually went behind for a goal kick.
Senegal definitely continued with the edge, but it was a better Egyptian side that was seen in the second half.
However, after continuous push nothing seemed to separate the two strong sides as each looked for a way to break the other especially the West Africans until the ninety minutes plus thirty minutes extra time.
Then came the penalties, just like the final of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the two sides looked poised to outwit the other.
The two teams lose their first two penalties with Liverpool star man, Mohammed Salah ballooning the ball over the bar in Egypt’s second penalty.
Senegal went ahead to score the third just as Egypt, but the Egypt’s would lose their fourth kick after Senegal had scored again giving the chance for Senegal to win if they scored their fifth and what became their last.
Sadio Mane stepped up and put the ball beyond the goalkeeper El Shenawy of Al Ahly to send his country to the biggest football event in the world after helping them to win the African Cup of Nations some months ago.
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