AFCON final

Mane converts decisive penalty as Senegal beats Egypt

Celebrations erupted across Dakar on Sunday night after Senegal claimed their first Africa Cup of Nations title in a penalty shoot-out over seven-time winners Egypt

Sadio Mane stepped up to make history for the West African nation in Cameroon’s Olembe Stadium, scoring the penalty that secured his team’s 4-2 victory in the penalty shoot-out

The victory banished memories of the team’s 2019 failure when they lost the final to Algeria, and was greeted with celebrations in Dakar. Thousands took to the streets.

Egypt had their goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal to thank for getting them into the shoot-out as he was outstanding in keeping Senegal at bay

Egypt, who had to do without suspended coach Carlos Queiroz , battled to get into the game and created only half-chances, with their talisman Mohamed Salah largely ineffective.

Penalty kicks Senegal⚽ ⚽ ❌ ⚽ ⚽ Egypt ⚽ ❌ ⚽ ❌

Salah was in tears at the end, having also lost the 2017 final to Cameroon and seeing his Liverpool teammate Mane seal his fate this time around.