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Egypt has defeated Senegal

Egypt beat Senegal 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Friday, taking a slim lead to Dakar for the return leg on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah outscored Sadio Mane.

Salah set up the only goal in the rematch between the two Liverpool greats, which came six weeks following Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties to earn their first Africa Cup of Nations title.

He evaded the offside trap to get on the end of an Amr El Sulaya ball over the top of the defense, striking the bar before the rebound deflected off Senegal defender Saliou Ciss' knee and into the net for a fantastic start after four minutes.

Despite a 75,000-strong crowd at the Cairo International Stadium, Egypt could only manage that. Senegal, on the other hand, showed more initiative and will be confident of winning the tie on aggregate and qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.

Mane was at the heart of several of his team's attacks, and he had a great chance to score eight minutes before halftime when a mazy run at the defence saw him create up space to fire, only to stumble at the crucial moment and have his shot go wide.

Early in the second half, he also had an opportunity at the back post, however his shot was blocked by Egypt's stretched wall.

Senegal pushed for an equalizer and a potentially crucial away goal until the final whistle, but were held back by some frantic defending.

Despite being banned from European competition this season, the away goals rule is still in force in African football.

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Cairo International Stadium Dakar Egypt Mohamed Salah Sadio Mane

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