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#AFCON2021: Senegal win Africa Cup of Nations after Sadio Mane and Edouard Mendy become shootout heroes

Sadio Mané overcame Mohammed Salah in the battle of Liverpool’s superstars to help Senegal to their first African Cup of Nations victory.

A penalty shoot-out decided the outcome after a goalless 120 minutes in  Cameroon on a night of fluctuating and extreme emotion for the Anfield strikers.

For Mané - already a national hero - there was the ecstasy of converting the winning penalty to end his country’s excruciating wait to be African nations. His moment of glory came after he had earlier missed from the spot during normal time.

By contrast, Salah was left in tears after Egypt’s courageous efforts for an eighth th title went unrewarded. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy also secured legendary status, his critical save from Mohanad Lasheen in the shoot-out allowing Mané to step forward and shoot his way into folklore.

The rivalry between Liverpool’s duo dominated the build-up to the final, and came to the fore within six minutes.

Senegal were awarded a penalty following Mohamed Abdelmoniem’s reckless challenge on Saliou Ciss. There were two minutes between the decision and Mane’s attempt. During the stoppage, Salah briefed his goalkeeper Gabaski about where his Kop team-mate would place it.


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