Mo 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 90 minutes, as well as the additional half-hour of extra time, might have finished goalless, there’s no denying that it was one of the tournament’s most gripping contests so far.
Nevertheless, with chances going abegging for everyone from Wilfried Zaha to Trezeguet, which nation would progress to the quarter-finals was set to be decided by a penalty shootout.
What followed proved to be a nerve-shredding exchange of spot-kicks at which two Premier League players were at the centre – and you can check out how the shootout unfolded below:
1. Goal: Ivory Coast 1-0 Egypt
2. Goal: Ivory Coast 1-1 Egypt
3. Goal: Ivory Coast 2-1 Egypt
4. Goal: Ivory Coast 2-2 Egypt
5. Miss: Ivory Coast 2-2 Egypt
6. Goal: Ivory Coast 2-3 Egypt
7. Goal: Ivory Coast 3-3 Egypt
8. Goal: Ivory Coast 3-4 Egypt
9. Goal: Ivory Coast 4-4 Egypt
10. Goal: Ivory Coast 4-5 Egypt
Bailly produced exactly the sort of spot-kick you’d expect from the eccentric United defender, looking far too casual before seeing his effort from 12 yards tipped on to the crossbar – check it out here:
And with none of the other players missing their own efforts, the stage was set for Salah to grab the headlines by taking Egypt’s final penalty and there was no doubt surrounding the result.
You can check out the moment that Salah sparked scenes of joy down below:
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