Egypt’s World Cup hopes dashed – Sports – Al-Ahram Weekly

Egyptian fans were shocked to see their national team off to a bad start, but that didn’t make the result any less painful.

Senegal beat Egypt 3-1 in a penalty shootout to earn a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The match, played at the Diamniadio Olympic Stadium in Dakar on Tuesday, ended 1-0 for Senegal in the second leg of the African qualifiers.

Egypt won 1-0 in Cairo on Friday.

Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty on Tuesday, with the Liverpool star having done the same last month when Senegal beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon.

Senegal got off to a fast start when Boulaye Dia scored from close range in the third minute after a poorly directed corner from left-back Ahmed Fattouh.

Chances were hard to come by for either team in a moody game that referee Mustapha Ghorbal of Algeria often struggled to control.

But substitute Ahmed Zizo had two good chances in the second half with a header and a low shot, both of which were narrowly missed.

Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Shinnawi stole the show in the first half of extra time, salvaging clear scoring chances. He made a superb save to block a point-blank shot from Ismaila Sarr and two straight point-blank shots from Pape Abou Cissé.

In the shootout, the first four shots were wasted, two by Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Zizo, Egypt’s two best shots.

After Sarr and Amr Sulaiya scored the third penalty, Mustafa Mohamed had his shot blocked by Edouardo Mendy’s legs, leaving Mane to bring down the curtain on Egypt.

In the first game in Egypt, the Pharaohs had taken a slight advantage with a 1-0 victory thanks to an own goal from Saliou Ciss after a shot from Salah ricocheted off the crossbar.

The Pharaohs and Teranga Lions were trying to secure a place for the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, as both teams aim for a second consecutive World Cup appearance .

Senegal have reached the World Cup twice, in 2002 and 2018, while Egypt have qualified for the prestigious tournament three times, in 1934, 1990 and 2018.

Egypt’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz was hoping to lead Egypt to their fourth and fifth World Cup, having led South Africa, Portugal and Iran to football’s most prestigious showpiece .

Egypt played without its two titular central defenders. Mahmoud Al-Wensh received his second yellow card in the first leg while Mohamed Abdel-Moneim broke his nose in the same game.

Senegal were without Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou Diallo who was withdrawn in the first half of Friday’s clash after suffering what appeared to be a groin injury.


*A version of this article appeared in the March 31, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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