Senegal Beat Egypt On Penalties To Win Their First Ever Africa Cup Of Nations Title – Senegal were crowned Africa Cup of Nations champions on Sunday evening after beating Egypt on penalties.
Drama quickly ensued during the 2021 final after Senegal was awarded a penalty only four minutes into the game.
But a thunderbolt of a strike from Sadio Mané was saved by goalkeeper Gabaski who continued his stellar form from the semi-finals
Despite the early disappointment, Senegal were able to shake things off and take control of the match. Mané, Ismaïla Sarr and Famara Diédhiou were linking up well in attack but couldn’t convert.
Egypt, meanwhile, failed to register a single shot in the opening 30 minutes as they struggled to move out of their own half.
Their best chance came just before the half-time whistle when Mohamed Salah’s shot at the near post was saved by Édouard Mendy.
Coming out after the break, the momentum continued in Senegal’s favour with Idrissa Gueye and Diedhiou causing threats but Gabaski came up big again on multiple occasions.
Egypt would then bring on Trézéguet, Marwan Hamdi and Ahmed Sayed to add some firepower but none of the substitutes could have any major impact.
Both teams continued to try to break down the other as the game progressed, but the score remained 0-0, forcing the contest into extra-time.
Despite a few chances for both sides, neither could find a way past Mendy or Gabaski, and the game was decided by a penalty shootout, with Mané scoring the winning spot-kick.