Mo Salah’s deciding penalty kick takes Egypt to the Quarter Finals of the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations

Mohamed Salah was the hero as Egypt progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations against the Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah was the hero as Egypt progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations against the Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

While the regulation ninety minutes, as well as the further half-hour of additional time, might have finished goalless, there’ no denying that it absolutely was one of the tournament’ most absorbing contests so far.

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Nevertheless, with probabilities going begging for everybody from Wilfried Zaha to Trezeguet, which nation would accomplish the quarter-finals had to be determined by a penalty shootout.

Egypt beat Cote d’Ivoire on penalties

What followed proved to be a nerve-shredding exchange of spot-kicks during which 2 Premier League players were at the centre of the drama.

Bailly’s costly penalty miss

The crucial miss of the 10 came from Eric Bailly’ boot with his failure opening the door for Omar Kamal, Mohamed Abdelmonem and Salah to finish the duty for Egypt.

Bailly made precisely the sort of spot-kick you’d expect from the eccentric Manchester United defender, looking far too casual before seeing his effort from twelve yards tipped onto the crossbar.

Mohamed Abou Gabal had been very good between the sticks since coming on in the 88th minute and his save from the ivory coast defender, which you can check out below, capped off his evening.

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Salah shows nerves of steel

With none of the opposite designated takers missing their own efforts, the stage was set for salah to grab the headlines by taking Egypt’ final penalty – and there was little doubt surrounding the result.

With one massive exhalation and a threateningly long run-up, the Liverpool star created no mistake by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and sparking brilliant scenes that you simply will relish below:

 

Salah is one of the most effective penalty takers within the business and definitely has a reputation for holding his own under pressure for Egypt, thus ivory coast must have feared the worst once he stepped up.

They were right to stress as a result of the 29-year-old’s cold finish ensured that there would be no extra time and that the Pharaohs would be the side progressing to the final eight.
Once both nations showed such incredible fight and determination over 2 hours of football, it’s always painful to envision the match settled on what many fans would call a sporting lottery.

However, in the end, the easy fact that Salah held his nerve and Bailly didn’t was enough for Egypt to march one step closer to conquering Africa at the expense of the Ivory Coast. And breathe.

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