Senegal wins first-ever AFCON

Senegal defeated Egypt 4-2 on penalties to win their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations, after failing to do so in their last two finals, in 2002 and 2019.

The game was a highly anticipated one, as it saw Liverpool teammates, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, go head to head, and it lived up to expectations, as a goalless encounter at the end of regular and extra time, pulled the game into penalty shootouts. 
Mane, who had his penalty in the first half of the game saved by Egypt’s Gabaski, redeemed himself when he netted the winning spot-kick for the Teranga Lions, to ensure Egypt missed out on a record eighth continental AFCOn, which would also have been a first for Salah.

The Pharaohs will have a chance to revenge this defeat when they take on Senegal next month in a two-legged play-off for a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Meanwhile, the next Afcon is due to take place in Ivory Coast between June and July next year, and the Senegalese will be looking to retain it.  

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