Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

‘Got away with that big time’: Sadio Mane escapes a second yellow card for a BLATANT dive in extra-time of AFCON final against Egypt… before stepping up to score the winning penalty for Senegal

  • Sadio Mane score the winning penalty in Senegal’s AFCON victory over Egypt
  • The forward saw a first-half spotkick saved by Gabaski but redeemed himself
  • But fans argued that he should not have been on the pitch for the shootout 
  • The 29-year-old avoided a second yellow after a blatant dive during extra time 
  • Mane had already been booked for a challenge late into the second half 


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Sadio Mane escaped punishment for diving during Senegal’s history-making Africa Cup of Nation’s victory over Egypt

The forward scored the winning penalty to secure Senegal their first ever AFCON title – but only after a stroke of luck ensured he stayed on the pitch. 

In extra time, Mane avoided a second yellow card following what appeared to be a blatant dive as the referee waved play on, leaving Egypt furious.

Sadio Mane (left) escaped punishment for diving during Senegal's AFCON victory over Egypt

Sadio Mane (left) escaped punishment for diving during Senegal's AFCON victory over Egypt

Sadio Mane (left) escaped punishment for diving during Senegal’s AFCON victory over Egypt

Egypt players were furious as Mane could have received a second yellow card for stimulation

Egypt players were furious as Mane could have received a second yellow card for stimulation

Egypt players were furious as Mane could have received a second yellow card for stimulation

He had been booked late in the second half for a challenge on Emam Ashour and arguably should have received a second for stimulation. 

The 29-year-old flung himself to the ground just outside the penalty area as Egypt centre-back Mohamed Abdelmonem came across to make a challenge.

Replays suggested there was no contact between the two players, despite Mane’s appeals for a free kick, but the referee simply pointed for a goal kick.

The 29-year-old had been booked late in the second half for a challenge on Emam Ashour

The 29-year-old had been booked late in the second half for a challenge on Emam Ashour

The 29-year-old had been booked late in the second half for a challenge on Emam Ashour

Egypt’s players protested believing Senegal’s talisman should have received a yellow and his marching orders for his theatrics and fans agreed. 

Viewers took to social media to brand Mane’s actions ’embarrassing’ and insist he got lucky. 

‘Sadio Mane should be sent off there, that is a second yellow as clear as day that’s a clear dive, pure cheating,’ sports journalist Josh Bunting wrote.

While another, Marcello Cossali-Francis, added: ‘Mane should be sent off for that. Got away with that big time.’

Viewers insisted on social media that the forward had gotten lucky to avoid a sending off

Viewers insisted on social media that the forward had gotten lucky to avoid a sending off

Viewers insisted on social media that the forward had gotten lucky to avoid a sending off

‘Why dive when you’re on a yellow card,’ another supporter questioned. ‘Lucky not to get sent off Mane.’

Another fan claimed that the referee was too lenient with Mane as he did not want to ruin the game. 

‘Mane low-key deserves a red card,’ they said. ‘Multiple times. Dude just dived but the caf doesn’t want to ruin this match. The referee has been very lenient.’ 

Fans questioned Mane's actions and they claimed the referee had been 'very lenient'

Fans questioned Mane's actions and they claimed the referee had been 'very lenient'

Fans questioned Mane’s actions and they claimed the referee had been ‘very lenient’

Others called Mane out, labelling the dive as ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’.

‘What a failed dive from Mane,’ said one fan. ‘Embarrassing. Senegal coach wants to pull his hair out!’

While another added: ‘Omg that dive was a disgrace by Mane.’

Others slammed the Liverpool forward's actions as 'embarrassing' and a 'disgrace'

Others slammed the Liverpool forward's actions as 'embarrassing' and a 'disgrace'

Others slammed the Liverpool forward’s actions as ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’

Mane saw a spotkick in the early minutes of the first half saved by Gabaski after his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah advised the Egypt goalkeeper on which way to dive. 

But fortunately for both Mane and Senegal, he remained on the pitch to make amends for his first-half blunder as he made no mistake from 12 yards the second time round. 

Edouard Mendy denied a tame effort from Mohanad Lasheen to give Senegal the advantage in the penalty shootout, setting up Mane to convert the winning kick.  

Senegal made history as they won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time with a 4-2 win over Egypt on penalties

The Senegal talisman secured the victory from the spot with the final kick of the game

The Senegal talisman secured the victory from the spot with the final kick of the game

The Senegal talisman secured the victory from the spot with the final kick of the game

He saw his first half spotkick saved by Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski, failing to put Senegal ahead

He saw his first half spotkick saved by Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski, failing to put Senegal ahead

He saw his first half spotkick saved by Egypt goalkeeper Gabaski, failing to put Senegal ahead

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