πŸ† πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡³ Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to win first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title
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πŸ† πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡³ Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to win first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title

Senegal won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations trophy after beating Egypt 4-2 on penalties on Sunday night in Yaounde, Cameroon. 

After two hours of football in Olembe, the two sides could not be separated as the scores remained 0-0, forcing the match into penalties. 

Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty to hand his side a deserved win and the crown at the third time of asking. 

The match got off to a lightning start with Senegal first off the blocks. 

Their first attack led to a fourth-minute penalty after Sadio Mane went down in the box. 

He however failed to beat Gabaski from the spot as the shot-stopper made a wonderful save to keep out the forward's hard shot. 

Gabaski then made a comfortable save in the 10th minute, collecting a Diedhiou snapshot after the forward got some space on the edge of the penalty area.

Senegal came close to opening the scores in the 18th minute when Ismaila Sarr drilled a low ball across the face of goal but Mane could not get on the end of it at the far post and the chance went begging. 

Mohamed Salah then showed his quality on the half-hour mark as he twisted and turned his way into the penalty area, where he cut inside onto his right foot but his effort was easily collected by the keeper. 

Salah tested Mendy again with a minute to half-time, this time trying to beat him at his near post with a powerful shot that was finding the top corner as the match went into the break with both teams even.

The Lions of Teranga got off the second half just like they did the first, creating a number of chances as they went for an early goal.

Abdelmonem got a chance to head his side into the lead in the 69th minute as he rose highest to get his head to the ball, but his effort failed to test Mendy as the ball sailed over the crossbar. 

They returned again in the 75th minute as Mendy's indecisiveness almost cost the Lions of Teranga. 

The Chelsea shot-stopper was undecided whether or not to attack the ball, and it allowed Hamdy to get there first but failed to direct it on target. 

Despite both sides doing their best to break the deadlock, it did not happen in normal time as the match went into extra time. 

Gabaski then made a great save to deny Dieng two minutes into extra time after the forward broke clear. 

Both teams created chances as the match wore on, with Gabaski and Mendy playing crucial roles to keep their teams in the game. 

In the end, there was no winner and the match had to be decided on penalties. 

Egypt missed two penalties, with Sadio Mane scoring the winning penalty to hand Senegal their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations crown. 

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