Sadio Mane led the Teranga Lions to make history at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they clinched their first continental trophy at the expense of Egypt.
The Liverpool forward who had missed a crucial penalty during the regulation period made amends by converting the winning penalty after the two teams played to a scoreless draw through 120 minutes.
Senegal won the keenly contested shootout 4-2, with Mane making the winning penalty as his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah was forced to watch on.
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Meanwhile, former Liverpool player cum pundit Jamie Carragher has described Mohammed Salah’s decision to be the 5th penalty taker at the grand finale of the 2021 AFCON as madness.
He compared it to Portugal’s decision to place Cristiano Ronaldo fifth against Spain at the Euros in 2012 which backfired and believes Mo Salah had taken his spot-kick from the beginning, the narrative would have changed.
Like Ronaldo, Salah could only watch on as his team fell to defeat without him having a chance to participate in spot-kicks and this has hurt a lot of fans from Egypt.
Jamie tweeted shortly after the game saying;
“That is why your best penalty taker should never go fifth. Mo Salah not taking a penalty for Egypt in a shootout in a final is madness. Also happened to Ronaldo years ago for Portugal v Spain. #AFCON2021 #SENEGY.”
That is why your best penalty taker should never go fifth. Mo Salah not taking a penalty for Egypt in a shootout in a final is madness. Also happened to Ronaldo years ago for Portugal v Spain. #AFCON2021 #SENEGY
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 6, 2022