Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and his Egypt team-mates are 90 minutes from booking their place at the 2022 World Cup after beating the defending champions of African football Senegal 1-0. A fourth-minute own goal by Senegal’s Saliou Ciss was enough to give Egypt a 1-0 win in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Cairo.
Egypt Record is first-leg win over Senegal
Ciss was incredibly unlucky when a shot from Mohamed Salah hit the crossbar and then hit him to go back into the next beyond the reach of Edouard Mendy. The game was billed as a rerun of the recent Africa Cup of Nations final – won by Senegal on penalties after the match ended 0-0 – and to an extent, it captured the cagey nature of that occasion back in February, with few chances of significance created by either side.
Sadio Mane was not seen in the first half of the game but the Liverpool man came back strong in the second half but could not restore the scores for his side. Egypt missed out on the Africa Cup of Nations title but could yet pip Senegal to World Cup qualification
Nevertheless, on a day dominated by north African teams – Algeria and Tunisia also won 1-0, albeit away, and Morocco got an away goal in a draw in DR Congo. Ghana forced the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw. Ciss’s unfortunate moment meant Egypt matched the achievements of their continental neighbors.
The teams will meet again in the second leg on Tuesday, with the winner qualifying for November’s 2022 Fifa World Cup tournament in Qatar.