A Game of Laser Pointers and Stretcher Bearers: Fans React to Senegal and Egypt’s World Cup Qualifier

A Game of Laser Pointers and Stretcher Bearers: Fans React to Senegal and Egypt’s World Cup Qualifier

  • Egypt and Senegal were involved in another tense encounter with Senegal winning the game on penalties
  • Despite the action and talking points in the game, the laser pointers and stretcher-bearers made headlines
  • Fans were critical of the Senegalese supporters' use of laser pointers during the fixture to distract Egyptian players

Senegal are heading to World Cup 2022 in Qatar after beating Egypt once again on penalties.

The game went to penalties after Senegal won the tie 1-0, leaving both teams level on aggregate after two legs.

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The use of laser pointers to distract Egyptian players became a big talking point as social media reacted to the game between the African giants. @ESPNFC
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Mohamed Salah missed his penalty and had to watch his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane, convert the winner, SkySports reported.

While the game was full of action and tense moments, it will be more notably remembered for the use of laser pointers and the work of the stretcher-bearers. As mentioned by the commentators, the stretcher-bearers did more running than some of the players in the game.

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The medical team were often called on to the field as Egyptian players constantly went down due to niggles or serious injuries. Laser pointers were also a big talking point as football fans criticised the use of the objects at the games.

Senegalese supporters used the laser pointers, shining them in the eyes of players and keeper, Mohammed El Shenawy.

Here's how social media reacted to the game:

@chikendefo251:

"Senegal beat Egypt but FIFA should investigate the series of laser beams on the Egyptians goalkeeper and those who took the sudden death penalties. They did not win fair and square".

@osynachi_1:

"The match between Senegal and Egypt match must be addressed by CAF asap. The use of lasers to distract players was not sportsmanship at all (although Egypt started it) including Nigerians fans destroying facilities. We can do better."

@cfcdelniro:

"Let's not forgot Egypt fans started this Laser Issue and now when they receive the same medicine they start to whine and call out Senegal for the karma they received mad"

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@IAMartin_:

"I’ve never seen more laser pointers in one game before that game. The Senegal-Egypt game looks like a SWAT raid."

Mohamed Salah rushed off the pitch after fans pelted him with bottles in a chaotic World Cup play-off

Mohamed Salah had to be whisked off the pitch during Egypt's World Cup play-off clash with Senegal after he was pelted with bottles by fans, Sports Brief earlier reported.

The Liverpool ace had a night to forget as the Pharaohs failed to book a World Cup spot, with Senegal advancing at their expense. Having lost 1-0 in the reverse tie played in Egypt, Senegal knew too well a draw of whatever nature could leave them in danger of missing a World Cup spot.

Buoyed by the home support, the Lions of Teranga staged a brave performance during the Tuesday night, March 29, encounter and had their efforts rewarded inside four minutes of action when Hamdi Fathi scored an own goal.

Source: SportsBrief.com