Mohamed Salah & Egypt
It’s a been a rough few weeks for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Egypt.
Egypt crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.
Since, Salah has been feuding with the Egyptian FA on social media and beyond.
That’s after Salah has gone public with complaints about how his national team have infringed on the Liverpool striker’s image rights.
Yet, despite the bad blood between the respective parties, Salah turned out for the Pharaohs on Saturday against Niger.
The match, staged in Alexandria, was a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Liverpool’s Salah misses two penalties in one half vs Niger
The first half against Niger was a mixed bag for Salah.
The Liverpool superstar had the home crowd on their feet within sixty seconds of the match.
Salah was bundled over in the Niger box, and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot.
Salah took responsibility to convert the spot-kick. However the Reds forward came up short as Salah’s effort was saved by the Niger keeper.
In the 28th minute, Salah received his second opportunity to score from the spot.
It’s worth noting, that by this stage Egypt were already 2-up in the match.
Marwan Mohsen broke the deadlock after 13 minutes. Ayman Ashraf doubled the lead for the hosts in the 20th minute.
Yet, when it came to Salah, he failed to convert his second spot-kick of the night.
Salah’s second effort was straight down the middle of the pitch. It wasn’t a great attempt, however the Liverpool star earned a reprieve as he was able to find the target scoring on the rebound.