Mohamed Salah overtook Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane when Egypt beat Senegal 1-0 in the first leg of World Cup qualifying to take a slim lead in Dakar for a comeback on Tuesday.
The rematch between Liverpool’s two forwards, six weeks after Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to claim their first Africa Cup of Nations title, Salah saw the only goal.
He passed the offside trap to put the ball in the defense of Amr El Sulaya, who hit the crossbar before bouncing a rebound to the knee of Senegal defender Saliou Ciss and into the net for the starting dream after four minutes.
But that is all Egypt has achieved despite the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium, where Senegal have become more energetic and will always be confident to win the cumulative draw and qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
Mane was at the heart of most of his side’s attacks and had a good chance eight minutes before half-time when a labyrinthine run on defense saw him open up space to shoot, but only slipped at the crucial moment. and saw his shot from the very end. Close. .
He also had a chance at the far post early in the second half but he was unable to make contact with Egypt’s strained defense.
Senegal continued to press until the final whistle in search of an equalizer and a potentially important fight goal, but they were stopped by some desperate defenders.
The fight goal rule is still used in African football even though it has been removed from European competition this season.
Little spice to the Jollof derby at the Ghana and Nigeria meeting
Regional rivals Ghana and Nigeria tied 0-0 in the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers in Kumasi on Friday, leaving the game tied when they meet in Abuja on Tuesday to decide a spot in the World Cup.
The Jollof derby, named after the famous rice dish in the same country, did not cause intense heat and did not satisfy the fans after many mistakes and bad decisions that ruined the game.
Home side Ghana had more possession and chance but faltered at their end.
They only tried goalkeeper Francis Uzoho twice, stopping a shot from Issaaku Fatawu in the 33rd minute and then on the 71st from Mohammed Kudus.
Nigeria’s best opener came to Moses Simon 10 minutes into the second half, but he wasted the chance to score an important fight.
Nigeria was awarded a penalty 15 minutes from the time Idrissu Baba Mohamed held the ball after falling into his own penalty area, but after a VAR check the referee reversed his decision and awarded Ghana.
Ghana are playing their first match under new manager Otto Addo, who had former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton as an adviser.
He made his debut with AS Roma teenager Felix Ohene-Gyan and 33-year-old former Belgium defender Denis Odoi, who switched sides before the second leg.
Leicester City’s Ademola Lookman, who previously played for England at U21 level, made his debut in Nigeria as a substitute in the final 15 minutes.
Giroud on the brink of France’s return to the Ivory Coast
Olivier Giroud once again faced the challengers when he marked his return to France by scoring his 47th international goal as the world champions beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in a friendly on Friday.
Giroud, who has not been called up since his country was knocked out in the round of 16 of the European Championship last year, canceled Nicolas Pepe’s opening goal moving within four goals of Thierry’s goalscoring record. Henry for France before Aurélie Tchouameni finished. . win at stoppage time.
The AC Milan striker, who has rarely disappointed coach Didier Deschamps despite his limited time playing for Chelsea, has been included in the squad following an injury to Karim Benzema.
It started next to Christopher Nkunku when Kylian Mbappe sat on the bench after having an ear, nose and throat infection last week.
France started off with a shaky start, but when they found their rhythm they threatened more than their opponents as Paul Pogba and Tchouameni dominated midfield at a main Stade Velodrome.
Pepe burst into the box and fired a low cross from a nearby post as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris passed over in the 19th minute when the French defense fell asleep.
It took three minutes for France to react to Giroud ahead of team-mate Theo Hernandez for the equalizer. The Blues kept pushing and Nkunku came close in the first half, but his header was too high.
However, they were rewarded with three minutes in extra time when Tchouameni headed in his first goal in eight appearances from a Matteo Guendouzi corner.
France will face South Africa in Lille on Tuesday as they continue their preparations for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.