Betis | The Baltic Sabaly ‘charges’ Salah and leaves him without a World Cup

The winger, left-handed with Senegal, completed the second leg of the Repechage against Egypt, decided on penalties (3-1), and played his second consecutive tournament in Qatar

Boulaye Dia’s goal in minute 3, which leveled the tie again, and penalties, with Edouard Mendy’s save of Mostafa Mohamed on the penultimate shot and Sadio Mané’s subsequent conversion, launched Senegal to its second consecutive World Cup for the first time in history and removed Mohamed Salah and Egypt from Qatar 2022, who relived from 11 meters the tremendous frustration of the Africa Cup final less than two months ago against the same opponent.

There was no revenge and there will be no World Cup for Egypt, which missed three of its four shots in the decisive shootout, including Salah himself. He was not even able to take advantage of errors also from Senegal, who did not score the first two penalties either, but then recovered to score first through Ismaila Sarr, then through Dieng and finally through Mane, Salah’s teammate at Liverpool. , with the final 3-1. In between, Mendy deflected Mohamed’s shot. There was no longer an opportunity for the Egyptian team.

Before, his advantage from going to Egypt had not lasted at all. In three minutes, Senegal, with Sabaly back on the left side (she made her debut as a Betis international and completed the match), balanced the tie to launch a ‘final’, like the one that faced them -and she won- less than two months ago in the Africa Cup played in Cameroon. He did not need more for the 1-1 Boulaye Dia, who took advantage of a free kick by Idrisse Gueye to tie the series and propose a new match, at home, in front of his public, to rediscover that skill and to score his most important goal as international.

The second goal in his run of sixteen games with the Villarreal striker’s team, but so crucial to equalize the fight for Qatar 2022 against Mohamed Salah and company, who suffered several setbacks apart from the goal in the first half, with two changes due to injury: first, Rabies, before half an hour; then, Gaber, in the 36th minute. He did not alter the panorama too much for Carlos Queiroz’s block, with a shot attempt in 45 minutes that did not take a goal. He did not have much more in the second half.

Senegal always made more offensive merits, both at that time and in the extension to which the duel led between the 1-0 with which the 90 minutes ended and the new half hour began, with opportunities for the local team, and the immobile 1-0. Everything on penalties, just like the Africa Cup, which Senegal won then. Like now. The African champion will go to the World Cup in Qatar. Egypt, No. Not Mohammed Salah.


Senegal: Eduardo Mendy; Ciss, Koulibaly, Abou Cissé, Sabaly; Idrisse Gueye (Pape Sarr 114′), Namplays Mendy (Kouyate 80′); Bouna Sarr (Dieng 69′), Mané, Ismaila Sarr; and Boulaye Dia (Pape Gueye 81′).

Egypt: Elshenawy; Ibrahim, Fatouh, Gaber (Ashour 36′), Rabia (Ashraf 29′); Elsoulia, Fathi (Aala Eldin 118′), Elneny (Dunga 70′); Trezeguet (Sayed 70′), Salah and Marmoush (Mostafa Mohamed 70′).

Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algerian). He admonished locals Gueye and Dieng; and the visitors Gaber, Ashraf, Fatouh and Dounga.

Goal: 1-0 (3′) Boulaye Dia.

Penalties (3-1): Koulibaly, out; bad, out; Ciss, the Elshenawy; Sayed, out; Ismaila Sarr, goals.; Elsoulia, goals; Dieng, goals; Mohamed, the Mendy; Mane, goals.

Incidents: Second leg of the final qualifiers of the African Football Confederation qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, played at the Abdoulaye Wade stadium in the Senegalese town of Diamniado before some 46,000 spectators.