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World Cup playoff: Salah’s Egypt escapes with three points as Senegal, Tunisia win


A fourth-minute own goal by Senegal’s 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 was pushed on to the bar by Edouard Mendy before striking the defender and going into the net.

The game was billed as a rerun of the recent Africa Cup of Nations final, which was won by Senegal on penalty kicks after the match ended 0-0.

To an extent it captured the cagey nature of that occasion back in February, with few chances of significance created by either side.

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.

The teams meet again in the second leg on Tuesday, with the winners qualifying for the Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 tournament in Qatar.

In other play-off first leg ties played on Friday, Morocco held DR Congo to a 1-1 draw in Kinshasa, while Tunisia beat hosts Mali 1-0.