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Senegal Host Egypt In Expected Thriller

Senegal and Egypt will rock horns in second leg of a third round African 2022 World Cup qualifying at the Abdoulaye Wade Stadium in Diamniadio on Tuesday evening.

Kick-off is at 17h00 GMT.

Senegal lost by a solitary goal the first-leg encounter in Egypt on Friday. The goal came after the ball from Mohamed Salah struck the woodwork before hitting defender Saliou Ciss and bounced back into the net.

The Lions of Teranga will qualify to this year’s World Cup if they win the clash by a two-goal margin and hope Egypt will not score an away goal.

Alou Cisse, the Lions of Teranga coach, said he was satisfied with the way his team played against Egypt and they will overturn the result.

“It was a very balanced game. We played very well, dominated the game and created many chances but we weren’t efficient. Egypt had one chance early in the game and they converted it,” the coach told reporters.

“One nil is a result that we can overturn. I told my players we have another game at home in front of our fans, who will also have an impact, just like what Egyptians fans did on Friday.”

Senegal will be playing at home where they last suffered defeat back in July 2019, claiming seven wins and one draw in eight games since then.

Egypt, on the other hand, will qualify for this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar if they avoid a defeat against the Eagles and it will be their fourth appearance in the global tournament.

The Pharaohs pulled a perfect performance and went on to hold to their lead after some periods of sustained pressure.

Egypt will be going into the match without defensive duo Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh and Mohamed Abdelmonem have been ruled out of the second leg.

El-Wensh has been suspended due to yellow card accumulation while the latter had to undergo surgery after suffering an injury during the first-leg encounter.

However, the Pharaohs head coach Carlos Quiroz remains positive and has reminded his charges that they should go for a win in Central Africa.

“Lads, we are ready for the second leg,” Queiroz said in a statement on his Twitter account

“We have more energy than ever before with our humility, spirit and teamwork. We will not be alone because we carry the support of Egyptian fans in our hearts.

“We know that we can do it [achieve WC qualification] because we are ready to do what it takes to play a great game and do our best for the Egyptian fans,” he added.

The teams have met seven times, according to FIFA’s statistics database, with Egypt claiming seven wins compared to five for Senegal.

The last time Senegal hosted Egypt it was in 2000, where the two teams played to a goalless draw in the 2004 World Cup qualifier which was played in Dakar.


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