Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties to win the AFCON for the first time in their history.
Senegal faced Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday. After a goalless 120 minutes, the Lions of Teranga clinched a historic win on the penalty shootouts to win the competition in Cameroon.
Senegal are the champions! 🏆
The Lions started the game by dominating the possession while pushing for an early opener. Only four minutes into the game, it seemed they got what they were looking for. The referee awarded Senegal an early penalty after Abdelmomen brought Ciss down inside the Pharaohs’ box.
Sadio Mane stepped up to give his side an early lead, but Gabaski denied him with a brilliant save. Senegal continued their attacks throughout the game. However, similar to their last three games, Egypt did not give up their defensive integrity until the end of the game.
Both sides played way more conservatively during the extra time, resulting in a goalless draw after 120 minutes. Gabaski saved another penalty, this time from Bayern Munich’s Bouna Sarr. However, it was not enough to stop Senegal from winning. Sadio Mane scored the decisive penalty in the nail-biting shootout to win the tournament for the Lions of Teranga.
Senegal’s star-packed squad celebrate the nation’s first-ever AFCON title. On the other hand, Egypt lost their 11th final as they failed to win the tournament for the eighth time.
Senegal: Mendy (7), Ciss (8), Koulibaly (7), Diallo (7), B. Sarr (6), Gueye (6), N.Mendy (6), Kouyate (7), Mane (6), Diedhiou (7), I. Sarr (6).
Bench: Gueye (6), Dia (6), Bamba Dieng (7).
Egypt: Gabaski (9), Ashour (7), Abdelmonem (6), Hamdi (7), El Fotouh (7), Elneny (7), El Soleya (5), Fathi (6), Salah (6), Mohamed (7), Marmoush (6).
Bench: Trezeguet (6), Lasheen (6), Zizo (7), Hamdy (6).
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