Player ratings as Mane scoops glory in AFCON final


Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to be crowned Africa Cup of Nations champions for the first time, with Sadio Mane converting the decisive kick after missing from the spot early in normal time.

It was the fifth of the last 11 AFCON finals to go extra-time after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes and the fifth of those to be decided by a penalty shootout. Edouard Mendy made the crucial save to set it up for Mane to win it. Mohamed Salah didn’t even take a penalty.

There was immediate action in the game when Saliou Ciss’ burst into the box resulted in the early penalty as he was recklessly taken out by Mohamed Abdelmonem. But Mane’s spot kick was a poor one too close to Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski, who comfortably beat the ball away.

Not deterred by the miss, Senegal were doing most of the early attacking. Ismaila Sarr put a couple of dangerous balls across the box, while Salah at the other end was largely a spectator as the first 25 minutes zipped by quickly.

When Salah did stir, a mazy dribble was followed by a tame shot easily saved by Edouard Mendy. Egypt’s plan when getting forward appeared to largely be dedicated to finding the Liverpool man, but Senegal mostly had him well marshalled.


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