Live match preview – Senegal vs Egypt 06.02.2022

Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah face off in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

The two-year competition, held in Cameroon this year, was originally scheduled to take place last summer, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tournament favorites Senegal, captain of Mane, are back in the final for the second time in a row but will look to go a step further than they did in 2019 when Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria won in Egypt.

Senegal have reached the final twice but have never won the tournament. Head coach Aliou Cisse was in charge in 2019 and played in the 2002 final defeat to Cameroon, missing a penalty kick in the penalty shootout.

Seven-time winners Egypt, meanwhile, is the most successful nation in AFCON’s history, and last lifted the trophy in 2010. But this next generation of players will hunger to taste the glory themselves, after missing out in 2017, where they were beaten late by Cameroon in the final.

Mane vs Salah: Form at AFCON

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One of world football’s most exciting attacking duos will meet each other in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, as Salah leads Egypt against a Senegalese team led by Mane.

The Liverpool pair, a combined club-level force, will take on talisman roles at each end of their respective countries as Egypt seeks to extend their record-breaking Cup of Nations triumphs to eight, while Senegal looks set to win it for the first time. .

They have an incredible record of playing together for Liverpool, but will be on opposite sides when Senegal take on Egypt in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.

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Highlights from the African Cup of Nations semi-final match between Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Given their status as two of the Premier League’s most feared strikers, it’s no surprise that Mane and Salah are the lead roles on their national team. Mane has had the most impressive tournament of the two with three goals and an assist in his six games so far. He even climbed out of his hospital bed after a head injury to lead Senegal to another consecutive AFCON final.

Salah, who has been hailed as the best player in the world this season, has been a little more subdued but has still scored two goals and required an assist. The Egyptian has looked long-legged as all three of his country’s knockout matches went to extended playing time. But the 29-year-old has a better international pedigree than his Liverpool team-mate, scoring 45 goals in 78 games, while Mane has played 26 in 80 internationals.

Where does the final take place?

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The match is being played at Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium, where eight people were killed in a stadium infatuation last week, and that tragedy has overshadowed the tournament in Cameroon.

Salah has made no secret of his burning desire to win a major trophy with Egypt, which has so far eluded him, while Mane beamed with joy and giggled with joy at the post-match press conference after his team won their semi-final on Wednesday. .

Senegal, which is Africa’s top-ranked team, was among the favorites and overcame a sluggish start to reach the final for the third time.

They scored only one goal in the opening round but still ended up at the top of their group and have looked effective in overcoming their opponents in the knockout phase.

Senegal were without captain Kalidou Koulibaly and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy at the start of the tournament as they recovered from COVID-19 infections.

Egypt without head coach Queiroz

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Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz was sent off due to dissent during normal time in the AFCON semi-final against Cameroon.

Egypt lost their initial group match to Nigeria and received strong criticism from home fans for their early performances.

But they have gained momentum, and edge the Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals; Morocco 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals and visiting Cameroon on penalties again in Thursday’s semi-final.

“We played under very tough conditions, but we managed to overcome all difficulties,” said Mahmoud Trezeguet.

“We played 120 minutes in three games in a row, but we remained fully focused on getting the job done. We will play against Senegal with great determination as we learned from the loss to Cameroon in 2017,” he added.

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Highlights from the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Cameroon and Egypt.

Egypt finished second in the 2017 final – featuring Salah and Trezeguet both – and won the last of their record seven titles in 2010.

They are set to play Sunday’s final without coach Carlos Queiroz on the bench after he was sent off for persistent sideline squabbles in Thursday’s semi-final. His assistant Roger de Sa was already forced to sit in the stands after a four-match quarantine to fight in the tunnel after the quarter-final victory over Morocco.

Sunday’s final will also give the winners a big boost before the countries meet again over two matches in March to decide a place at the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Mane: Experience will benefit Senegal

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Former Senegal international Salif Diao joined The Football Show to talk about his country, Sadio Mane’s performance in the semi-finals and how he feels about the final.

Senegal’s experience of playing in the final Africa Cup of Nations final will be a “good asset” for them in Sunday’s title decision, Mane said.

Senegal, who beat Burkina Faso 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final, have yet to win the continental title, but came close in Cairo in 2019.

“Experience is a good asset,” said Mane, who scored Senegal’s third Wednesday. “I think that has always been the case since the start of this tournament. We suffered so much with so many COVID cases and more injuries as well.

“We had a very difficult time, but with our experience we kept calm until we rediscovered the whole group. We played a final last time, so we have experience and we will try to win this trophy.”

Senegal was also second in 2002, the year they went to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, beating the holders of France in the opening match, becoming just the second African country to reach the quarter-finals.

The comparisons between that generation and the current side have increased as Senegal progressed through the tournament.

“There are a lot of leaders on this team because we have a lot of good players and a lot of mature players. Everyone makes a contribution so the team can move on,” Mane added.

Egypt

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Egypt’s players and fans have celebrated after reaching the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Best performance: Winners 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010

Previous appearances in the final: (24) 1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2001, 2001, 2001, 2001, 2001, 209

FIFA World Rankings December 2021: 45

Expected line-up: Mohamed Abo Gabal; Emam Ashour, Mohamed Abdel Monem, Mahmoud Hamdi, Ahmed Fatouh; Mohamed Elneny, Amr El Sulaya, Hamdi Fathi; Omar Marmoush, Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed.

Senegal

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African football expert Janine Anthony says Senegal top at the right time with Sadio Mane in good shape ahead of their AFCON semi-final against Burkina Faso on Wednesday.

Best performance: Second 2002, 2019

Previous appearances in the final: (15) 1965, 1968, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019

FIFA World Rankings December 2021: 20

Expected line-up: Edward Mendy; Bouna Sarr, Abdou Diallo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Saliou Ciss; Idrissa Gana Gueye, Nampalys Mendy, Ismaila Sarr; Sadio Mane, Famara Diedhiou, Bamba Dieng.

Recent previous meetings

  • Nov 2014: Senegal beat Egypt 1-0 in Cairo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
  • Sept 2014: Senegal beat Egypt 2-0 in Dakar in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
  • Feb 2006: Egypt beat Senegal 2-1 in Cairo in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final 2006
  • Oct 2003: Egypt beat Senegal 1-0 in Cairo in a friendly international
  • Jan 2002: Senegal beat Egypt 1-0 in Bamako in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations final

Road to the final

Results in the group phase

Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe, Monday, January 10th

Nigeria 1-0 Egypt, Tuesday, January 11th

Senegal 0-0 Guinea, Friday, January 14th

Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Egypt, Saturday, January 15th

Malawi 0-0 Senegal, Tuesday, January 18th

Egypt 1-0 Sudan, Wednesday, January 19th

Last 16 stage

Senegal 2-0 Cape Verde, Tuesday, January 25th

Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt (Egypt wins 5-4 on penalty kicks), Wednesday, January 26th

Quarter-final stage

Senegal 3-1 Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, January 30th

Egypt 2-1 Morocco (AET), Sunday, January 30th

Semifinal stage

Burkina Faso 1-3 Senegal, Wednesday, February 2nd

Cameroon 0-0 Egypt (Egypt wins 3-1 on penalties), Thursday, February 3rd

AFCON 2021 final

Senegal vs Egypt, Sunday, February 6 – Live on Sky Sports Football at 19.00 (Olembe Stadium, Yaounde).

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