Senegal host Egypt in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier, hoping to around a one goal deficit. An own goal from Saliou Ciss proved enough to make the difference on the day.
Egypt have the upperhand, but they’ll still have work to do to get over the line and qualify for Qatar, with a noisy home crowd sure to roar Senegal on.
Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could be key to deciding which way this tie goes.
One thing is for certain, we will know today which of these teams will take part in Qatar, and which will be watching from home.
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
Senegal vs. Egypt live score
SEN — Dia — 4th min.
(All times Eastern)
58th min: Mustapha Ghorbal, the referee, is doing well to keep a handle on things. Barely two minutes pass in this game without some kind of flash point boiling over. There’s another melee, which the official defuses.
53rd min: It’s a bit messy. Salah is pushed around, someone else is slapped, Koulibaly gets told off. It’s just a warning from the man in the middle. Egypt have a free kick on the left, Trezuget to take, it’s headed clear. Senegal break. Dia does well to get into the area and, after sharp footwork, goes down as El Shenawy rushes out of his goal. Senegal want a penalty, the referee isn’t having it.
51st min: As soon as I type that, Edouard Mendy has to come out to smother well by his right hand post as Trezuget runs in behind. Another Egyptian player is down, on the edge of the area. The referee calls for the stretcher, and VAR is reviewing for a possible red card.
49th min: We’re back underway, and it’s a slightly more subdued start to the second half. Egypt have won the ball in midfield a couple of times, but their counter attacks haven’t clicked together. Edouard Mendy hasn’t really had anything to do so far in the game.
Halftime: After five minutes of injury time, it’s still 1-0 to the hosts. A breathless first half has seen lots of energy, lots of aggression, lots of injuries, and not much goalmouth action.
45th min: Senegal attack again, playing through Egypt with ease as the visitors try and press high up. Ashour has to send the ball over his own crossbar to cut out Bouna Sarr’s driven cross.
44th min: Senegal play a sweeping counter. Mané sends Ismaila Sarr down the left, he finds the overlapping runner, and the resulting cross is out for a corner. Nothing comes from the set piece, but Senegal manage to string a couple of moves together.
42nd min: This time Nampalys Mendy shoots from distance. It’s wide, but not far wide, and the closest either has gone to a goal for a while.
38th min: Gueye is booked for a challenge on Marmoush, and the Egyptian forward is down. The stretcher bearers are on once again.
35th min: Rabia picks up the first booking of the game, for a heavy challenge on Ismaila Sarr. He goes down himself, and a stretcher is on for him. If things continue in this vein, the stretcher bearers may end up covering more ground than anyone else. Rabia is off for Ashour.
32nd min: Senegal break forward after the ball is given away by Elneny, but it comes to nothing. Egypt have had a number of players go down with injury in the first half hour, meaning the game hasn’t really found a rhythm so far.
29th min: El Shenawy has to get down low as Idrissa Gueye fires a dipping shot towards goal from distance, on the left hand side. The Egyptian ‘keeper palms it wide, to his left. Gaber has gone off with an injury, replaced by Ashraf.
23rd min: The fouls have slowed down, and a football match has begun. Little goalmouth action to report, but Senegal are seeing more of the ball. Mané is dropping deep well to try and link play.
17th min: There’s a break in play after an Egyptian player takes a ball to the face, and play restarts with a drop ball.
16th min: The visitors are left to scramble in their penalty area as Senegal attack down the right. Play stops after El Shenawy catches a cross and holds onto it. He’s lying just outside his left hand post when a bottle of water is thrown from the crowd and lands next to his calf. The referee makes a note of it, before suggesting he gets up and plays on. The scrappy nature of the game continues.
11st min: El Fotouh is hacked down in front of the Egyptian coaching staff, who are once again on their feet. The game has been scrappy so far, and the referee makes it clear to the Senegalese players that he’s going to start punishing fouls.
8th min: The fourth official is having a job keeping Carlos Queiroz and Aliou Cisse inside their technical areas. Each time he gets one back in their box, the other has wandered over. The referee comes over to help. Meanwhile, on the pitch, there have been a number of fouls since the goal, and the ball has spent more time out of play than it has in play.
4th min: GOAL!
They went conceded after four in the first leg, they’ve scored after four in the second leg! The free kick from the left is finally taken, and fired towards the far post. The defensive headed is terrible, and lands back in the centre of goal. Dia, lurking just outside the six yard box pokes the ball home.
1st min: It’s an aggressive start from the hosts, who win an early free kick, just outside the area, on the left hand side, following a mistimed tackle by Gaber.
1:00 p.m.: It’s time for the anthems, and the Egyptian national anthem is completely inaudible above the noise of the crowd. As you might expect, there’s no such problem for the home team.
12:57 p.m.: The officials lead the teams out, and the atmosphere at the brand new stadium is absolutely buzzing.
12:47 p.m.: Egypt are a tough nut to crack, but they’re missing three potential centre backs in Hegazy, Abdelmonem, and El Wensh, and Senegal will be looking to capialise on that.
12:40 p.m.: Kickoff is only twenty minutes away now. The home side will be relying on the crowd to give them the edge in what is sure to be a strongly contested affair.
12:00 p.m.: With the tie poised at 1-0 heading into the second leg, it’s an intriguing challenge for both managers. Senegal need to score, while a second goal early on could see the visitors kill off the tie, but neither side can afford to be generous at the back.
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Senegal vs. Egypt lineups
Abdou Diallo misses the game having suffered an injury in the first half of the first leg, and Pape Abou Cisse replaces him in the starting lineup. Dia gets the nod up front, with Mané possibly taking up a central role.
Senegal lineup (4-3-3): Mendy (GK) – B. Sarr, Koulibaly, Cisse, Ciss – Mendy, I. Gueye — Sabaly, Mané, I. Sarr – Dia
Senegal subs (12): Balde, Ballo-Toure, Diallo, Diedhiou, Dieng, Faty, P. Gueye, Kamara, Kouyate, Loum, Name, P. Sarr
Rabia and Ibrahim are the central defensive partnership for Egypt, with Ibrahim coming in for Mohamed Abdelmonem, who went off in the first leg. Forward Omar Marmoush has been pushing for a start recently, and gets the nod today.
Egypt lineup (4-3-3): El Shenawy (GK) – Gaber, Rabia, Ibrahim, El Fotouh – Fathi, Elneny, El Solia – Salah, Marmoush, Trezeguet
Egypt subs (12): Afsha, Alaa, Ashour, Ashraf, Dunga, Gabaski, Hamdi, Kamal, Mossad, Mostafa Mohamed, Sohbi, Zizo
How to watch Senegal vs. Egypt
- Date: Tuesday, March 29
- Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- USA streaming: ESPN+
The match will be taking place at Abuja National Stadium, and it will be streamed exclusively in the USA on ESPN+. ESPN+ is the broadcaster of all of CAF’s third round World Cup qualifying games.