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Egypt beat AFCON champions Senegal in Cairo

By Vincent Ashitey
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A fourth-minute own goal by Senegal goalkeeper Saliou Ciss was enough to give Egypt a 1-0 win in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Cairo.

Ciss was incredibly unlucky when a shot from Mohamed Salah bounced back off the bar and struck him on the back.

The match was billed as a rerun of the recent Africa Cup of Nations final - won by Senegal on penalties after the match ended 0-0 - and to an extent it captured the cagey nature of that occasion back in February, with few chances of significance.

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The game featured Liverpool's two star strikers Salah and Sadio Mane, but neither of them had stellar games.

Nevertheless, on a day dominated by north African teams - Algeria and Tunisia also won 1-0, albeit away, and Morocco got an away goal in a draw in DR Congo - Ciss's unfortunate moment meant Egypt matched the achievements of their continental neighbours.

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