Football News: Virgil van Dijk learned about Salah’s disappointment during a post-match interview. The Netherlands defender was told that Salah has lost the game and failed to qualify for the world cup.
Salah was knocked out by his teammate Sadio Mane as Egypt couldn’t take revenge for their AFCON finals loss. The match was closely contested but Senegal won the ticket to Qatar in a penalty shootout after a tense playoff match.
Despite overcoming their West African opponents 1-0 in the first leg in Cairo last week, Egypt lost the second leg in Dakar and lost the shootout. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah missed his spot-kick under pressure.
Salah and Egypt were eliminated in a penalty shootout for the second time this calendar year, having previously been eliminated in the African Cup of Nations final — strangely, by the same opponents.
Football News: Salah out, Sane in
It’s pain for one Liverpool player but glory for another one. Sadio Mane doubled the pain on his teammate Salah as he was the star performer again. Salah was sent hobbling off the ground on Tuesday night when Mane slammed in the game-winning penalty.
Salah’s defeat was only revealed to Van Dijk after the Netherlands’ friendly match against Germany on Tuesday night. The game was played at the same time as Salah’s qualifier. The Netherlands managed a draw against Germany and Van Dijk played the entire 90 minutes.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring for the Germans in the first half but substitute Steven Bergwijn levelled the game in the second half. After winning their respective qualification groups, Germany and Netherlands achieved automatic qualifications for Qatar.
What did Van Dijk have to say?
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Van Dijk didn’t have any idea of the result of Salah’s game. The former Celtic former looked a bit surprised when he was asked what he thought of Salah’s failure to reach the finals. The defender asked, “Did he lose?” The Reds forward was then told that he will not be able to lead his country to the finals.
“Football is cruel at times. I can understand how Mo and Egypt fans must be feeling right now,” van Dijk said.
“For the rest of the season, I’m confident he’ll turn the disappointment into success.” We still have everything to play for, so there is still a lot for him to accomplish. As for Sadio, I wish him the best of success, and if he is in our group, he will need it!”
While Salah’s Egypt failed to qualify, his Reds partner, Senegal, will compete in the World Cup for the second time.
Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana, and Cameroon were the other four African nations to qualify for the finals on Tuesday. Cameroon edged Algeria on away goals with a goal in the fourth minute of additional time in injury time.