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AFCON final: Senegal Beat Egypt On Penalty Kicks 

Senegal on Sunday defeated Egypt to claim the AFCON cup in penalties shootout after 90 minutes of goalless between the two sides.

It was a dreadful final to end a largely dreadful tournament but in the end it came down to a moment of the purest drama and the great redemption of Sadio Mané. 

He had missed a penalty in normal time. 

Senegal had wasted chance after chance. They had twice lost in finals before. Egypt are the kings of penalties. 

They had won their last six shootouts and had played for penalties from the off. But Mané, unexpectedly, was left with a penalty to win it.

It was not just that Abou Gabal had saved his earlier penalty, apparently after Mohamed Salah, Mané’s Liverpool teammate, had told him which way to dive. Mané had also missed against Kenya and Uganda in 2019 and, more consequently, the decisive kick in the quarter-final shootout against Cameroon in the quarter-final in 2017. 

And Abou Gabal had already saved five penalties in the tournament.

The Guardian, Aljazeera 

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