Mane score last penalty in shootout to give Senegal the AFCON

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Sadio Mane last penalty kick gives Senegal the African Cup of Nations despite missing an early penalty in the game.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane scores the last penalty of the shoot out for his side against Egypt to give Senegal the African Cup of Nation.

was saved by Gabaski, who had taken some advice from Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah before the spot kick.

Both sides had chances, but they couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of football and Mane might have been wondering whether his early penalty miss was going to prove costly.

However, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was the hero for Senegal, saving substitute Mohanad Lasheen’s penalty before Mane’s redemption was complete.

The Liverpool forward powered the ball past Gabaski and into the bottom corner to spark wild Senegal celebrations as they sealed AFCON glory at the third time of asking after missing out in 2002 and 2019.

Meanwhile, Salah, who was consoled by his Liverpool team-mate Mane, missed out on the chance of leading Egypt to an eighth AFCON title after penalty heartbreak.The Liverpool star was left in tears at the end, having also lost the 2017 final to Cameroon.

Manager Aliou Cisse dedicated the win to the Senegalese population, who have finally seen their national side lift the continent’s biggest trophy 57 years after their first AFCON appearance. He said: “We are very happy, we dedicate this victory to the Senegalese people, really to the Senegalese people because since independence until now we are running after this first star. Today, we will also have a star on our shirt.”

 

Source:  Skysports

 

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