RELIVE: Egypt v Senegal (2022 African World Cup qualifying playoff, 1st leg)

Ahram Online , Friday 25 Mar 2022

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Egypt and Senegal in the 1st leg of the 2022 African World Cup qualifying playoffs.

Senegal s midfielder Idrissa Gueye (C-R) vies for the ball against Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah (C) during the 2022 Qatar World Cup African Qualifiers football match between Egypt and Senegal at Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian capital on March 25, 2022. AFP

Full time: Egypt 1-0 Senegal

Scorer: Saliou Ciss 4 O.G

The referee blows his final whistle, Egypt take a first-leg advantage with a 1-0 win over Senegal. Thanks for following our live updates! 

90+3' A wayward shot from Gueye goes high over. 

90+2' Egypt make a substitution. Midfielder Nabil Emad replaces winger Trezeguet. 

90+1' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time. 

90' Egypt's Hamdi Fathi makes a great interception to clear a dangerous flick. 

89' Senegal make a substitution. Pape Gueye replaces Cheikhou Kouyate.

87' A chance for Egypt! Marmoush collects a pass from Salah, turns and hits powerful shot into the side netting from a tight angle. 

85' Egypt relatively improve in the dying minutes! 

83' Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly is receiving treatment after being challenged by Trezeguet. 

79' A chance for Senegal! A free-kick is floated into the area and an attempted header from Bamba Dieng falls to Ismaila Sarr, whose angled low shot is blocked by keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi at his near post. 

78' Egypt winger Trezeguet is booked for a foul on Cheikhou Kouyate.

77' An Egypt free kick is whipped towards the far post, with Trezeguet attempting to shoot amid a crowd of defenders. His effort is blocked. 

74' El-Wensh heads away the resulting free-kick. 

73' The lively Ismaila Sarr weaves his way towards Egypt's area but he is fouled by Amr El-Sulaya on the edge of the area. 

72' Egypt make their second substitution. Stuttgart winger Omar Marmoush replaces striker Mostafa Mohamed. Salah is now expected to play as a lone frontman. 

69' A chance for Egypt! An acrobatic effort from Mostafa Mohamed following a corner looks to heading towards goal but it strikes a fellow Egypt player! 

66' Egypt's fans are chanting for Ahmed Zizo, the Zamalek winger who remains on the bench! 

62' Senegal make their second substitution. Striker Bamba Dieng replaces Famara Diedhiou.

59' Egypt are even finding it hard to launch any counter attacks, giving away possession far too easily. 

57' Sadio Mane nips in between two challengers on the left and sends in a cross that Egypt's defence clears. 

55' It's Yasser Ibrahim this time! The substitute makes a last-ditch clearance after a low cross from the right. 

53' Another interception from Omar Gaber denies Senegal after some good work from Mane. 

52' Egypt are struggling to get hold of the ball as Senegal take control. 

50' Egypt's full-back Omar Gaber makes a timely interception at the far post to head away a dangerous cross.

49' Senegal apply early pressure in the second half. 

48' Sadio Mane turns past Mohamed Elneny on the left but he is closed down by the defence. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle

45+2' Senegal are causing constant menace to Egypt's left-back Ahmed Fattouh down the flank! 

45+1' Senegal midfielder Nampalys Mendy is booked for a challenge on Trezeguet. 

45' It's now a scrappy affair littered with too many mistakes on both ends! 

41' A chance for Egypt!! El-Wensh sends a free header high over following a free kick from the right. 

39' Abdel-Moneim is unable to carry on. He makes way for Ahly teammate Yasser Ibrahim. 

37' Senegal create their first real chance!! Mane bamboozles Abdel-Moneim and runs towards the edge of the area unopposed but his curling shot misses the target. 

35' A long Senegalese ball breaks the offside trap and causes mayhem but Mohamed Elneny, who initially played a Senegal forward onside, recovers the ball. 

34' Egypt defenders are standing firm in the face of repeated Senegal crosses. 

31' Egypt defender El-Wensh is booked for dissent after a foul on Famara Diedhiou.

30' Abdel-Moneim is back on the pitch! 

28' It seems Abdel-Moneim would not be able to carry on after hurting his nose in a collision with Mane. He is carried off on a stretcher. 

27' Salah releases Gaber with another astute pass down the right but the full-back's eventual cross is cleared. 

24' A header from Mostafa Mohamed is collected by Senegal keeper Edouard Mendy after another cross from Gaber. 

22' A low cross from Omar Gaber is intercepted after a threaded pass from Salah.

19' Salah tracks-back often to help close down spaces on Egypt's right flank as Senegal still find it hard to create openings. 

16' Egypt's central defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim hurts his nose in an aerial challenge with Sadio Mane. 

15' Bouna Sarr floats in a free kick from the right but Egypt defender El-Wensh heads it away. 

14' Senegal make an early and unscripted substitution. Pape Abou Cisse replaces the injured Diallo. 

13' Senegal and Paris Saint-Germain's central defender Abdou Diallo looks to have picked up a groin injury. He is likely to be replaced. 

10' A cross from Senegal full-back Bouna Sarr is cleared by the defence. The visitors initiate most of their attacks down the right flank. 

9' A tame, angled free kick from Mahmoud Trezeguet goes out for a goal kick. 

6' Egypt make a dream start tonight! Senegal are now expected to push forward. 

4' An own goal from Saliou Ciss gifts Egypt an early lead!! A chipped pass from Amr El-Sulaya is flicked by Mostafa Mohamed to the unmarked Salah, who swivels and hits a close-range shot that strikes the bar before rebounding off Ciss and into the net. 


3' A cross from Senegal's Ismaila Sarr is cleared by the Egypt defence. 

2' Salah receives a long ball from Mohamed Elneny on the right but he is closely marked by a couple of defenders. 

The match is underway 


Starting lineups:

Mohamed El-Shennawi - Omar Gaber, Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, Ahmed Fattouh - Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Elneny, Amr El-Sulaya - Mahmoud Trezeguet, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed

Senegal: Edouard Mendy - Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Saliou Ciss - Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Nampalys Mendy - Ismaila Sarr, Famara Diedhiou, Sadio Mane

20:30 Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Turkish-based striker Famara Diedhiou spearhead Senegal's attack tonight. Coach Cisse sticks to the same line-up that beat Egypt in the Nations Cup final. 

19:30 Egypt coach Queiroz surprisingly includes Pyramids FC right-back Omar Gaber in his starting line-up as he gets the nod ahead of Omar Kamal, who was the regular starter at the Nations Cup. Turkish-based winger Mahmoud Trezeguet is also preferred to Stuttgart's Omar Marmoush. 

18:30 Cairo's International Stadium is almost full, three hours before the game! 

17:30 Another Salah-Mane duel is anticipated following their meeting in the Nations Cup final, when Mane got the upper hand with the winning penalty in a shootout. Yesterday, Salah called for fan support in an emotional message on his social media accounts.

"We need you tomorrow," he said.


16:00 Egypt placed in the 34th position of the FIFA world ranking while Senegal are 18th after claiming the AFCON 2021 title that took place in Cameroon from 6 January to 9 February 2022.

15:00 Cairo International stadium doors are open as fans started to warm their seats ahead of the anticipated clash. Doors will be closed at 20:00 (CLT), only one-and-half hour before the game kicks off.

14:30 Senegal and Egypt failed to go to the knockout stage in the 2018 World Cup due to varying degrees of failure as the Lions of Teranga were the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated after having collected more yellow cards. On the other hand, the Pharaohs’ performance was a fiasco, finishing 31 out of the 32 teams, losing all three group stage games.

13:00 Egypt made it to the FIFA World Cup three times in 1934, 1990, and 2018, while Senegal reached the prestigious tournament finals two times in 2002 and 2018.

12:00 Egypt and Senegal met in 14 matches before, as the Pharaohs claimed 7 victories, 3 draws and lost in 4 games. The last time they met was only last month when Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties in the final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) played in Cameroon.

10:30 Big number of 60,000 supporters are expected to show up in the 75,000-seat Cairo International Stadium on Friday to record the biggest crowd seen in Egypt in a decade. Security issues and later the coronavirus allowed only a fraction of that number in the country’s stadiums.

"With fans attendance, Egypt’s national team players will do their best on the pitch to win as well as to qualify for the World Cup, as it’s a big challenge for the players," Egypt’s national team coach Carlos Queiroz said ahead of the game.


Venue: Cairo International stadium (Egypt)

Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala (DR Congo)

- Check the match preview here

- Check Egypt v Senegal: Head-to-head record

- Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz’s pre-game conference

- Senegal coach Aliou Cisse’s pre-game conference   

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