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Mane attempts to console Liverpool teammate Salah as Senegal win first ever AFCON

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It was penalty redemption for Sadio Mane as his decisive spot-kick saw Senegal win their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title.

Mane slotted the ball home as Senegal got the better of Egypt, who have Mane’s Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah in their ranks.

Mane had a penalty saved in the opening minutes of the final

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Mane had a penalty saved in the opening minutes of the final

But he made no mistake when stepping up in the shootout

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But he made no mistake when stepping up in the shootout

The Lions of Teranga appeared to have thrown away their chance of winning the tournament as Mane had a penalty saved in the early minutes of the final.

But he made no mistake when given his second chance as Senegal won 4-2 in the shootout with neither side finding the net after extra-time.

Mane later tried to console his club teammate, who cut an emotional figure on the pitch.

Despair for the Pharaohs, who miss out on their eighth AFCON title

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Despair for the Pharaohs, who miss out on their eighth AFCON title

But it’s party time in Senegal

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But it’s party time in Senegal

It was no more than the Lions of Teranga deserved after dominating for long periods, only to be denied repeatedly by Gabaski, but they finally got their chance when Mohamed Abdelmonem blasted his effort from 12 yards against the post and Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy saved from substitute Mohanad Lasheen.

Mane’s evening got off to a very different start when, after Saliou Ciss has been tripped inside the box by Abdelmonem, he went head-to-head with Gabaski from the spot. The frontman opted for power but the Egypt keeper dived to his right to beat his attempt away.

Senegal dominated the early exchanges without managing to make the pressure tell, and they were served with a timely reminder of the threat posed by Salah when he embarked upon a mazy 28th-minute run only to scuff his shot at Mendy.

However, Aliou Cisse’s men continued to dominate with Gabaski’s goal coming under increasing pressure as the second half got under way.

Substitute Marwan Hamdy might have won it when he glanced a 75th-minute header across the face of goal as Mendy dithered and Senegal substitute Bamba Dieng volleyed high over at the other end as time ran down, but extra time was required.

Gabaski denied Dieng seconds into the added period and then repelled his downward header and a viciously-swerving piledriver to preserve Egypt’s hopes, but it was opposite number Mendy who had to be at his best to keep out Hamdy’s blistering 116th-minute strike and then came out on top in the shoot-out.

Senegal are African champions for the first time ever

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Senegal are African champions for the first time ever

Mane won the Player of the Tournament prize

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Mane won the Player of the Tournament prize

Salah’s wait for a first AFCON title goes on

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Salah’s wait for a first AFCON title goes on

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