Senegal win Africa Cup 2021; Egypt put on spirited display

After having waited a long time in its history, Senegal also spent a lot of time on the lawn of the Olembé stadium in Yaoundé (Cameroon) to win its first continental title (4-2). Senegal dominated without scoring a goal with a penalty missed by Sadio Mané in the 4th minute of play, Saliou Ciss having been brought down in the penalty area of ​​Egypt.

Senegal win Africa Cup 2021; Egypt put on spirited display

Despite this missed penalty, Senegal continued its pressure and Ismaila Sarr after getting rid of the left back, center for anyone in the axis of the goal. Three times, in the 12th, 18th and 23rd minute. The only Egyptian opportunity was the work of Mohamed Salah who broke through the Senegalese defense, to take a which was deflected by Edouard Mendy for a corner.

Senegal continued to dominate but remained powerless when it came to making the final move. As in the first period, the Egyptians had their chance with Marwan Mehany alone in the Senegalese penalty area, and he headed over the crossbar in the 73rd minute. The score was locked at 0-0 after the end of regulation time, the South African referee, Victor Gomes sent the players back to overtime. During the first period of extra time, two Senegalese chances came about in the form of, Bamba Dieng who put a header which was deflected for a corner by the Egyptian goalkeeper in the 110th minute.

Overall the Egyptian team had put on a spirited display in reaching the final of the Africa Cup. After 120 minutes of play, the game went into a penalty shootout, an exercise which the Egyptian team succeeded in  consecutively in recent games against Côte d'Ivoire (eighth final) and Cameroon (semi-final) which were all won by the Egyptian team.

Finally, it was Senegal who won 4-2, Bouna Sarr being the only one to miss his chance with the Lions. Sadio Mané, who missed his penalty earlier, was among those who scored.  On the side of the Egyptians Mohamed Abdel Meneam and Mohanad Ahmed Abdelmoneim missed their shots at the goal.
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