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Mohamed Salah was targeted with dozens of lasers shone in his face before blazing over a penalty in the shootout in Egypt’s crucial World Cup qualifier defeat by Senegal as the clash descended into ugly scenes. 

With Sadio Mane’s decisive kick sending Senegal to Qatar, the result was marred by unsavoury scenes from Senegal fans – who distracted Egypt players during penalties and then pelted players with objects as they left the pitch.

The Egpytian FA have now claimed the team were subjected to racist abuse from Senegal fans – alleging their team bus had been attacked upon arrival and missiles were aimed at the players as early as the warm-up. 

Mohamed Salah and his Egypt team-mates had lasers shone in their faces against Senegal

Mohamed Salah and his Egypt team-mates had lasers shone in their faces against Senegal

Mohamed Salah and his Egypt team-mates had lasers shone in their faces against Senegal 

The Egypt players being targeted was shown by several close-up shots from the cameras

The Egypt players being targeted was shown by several close-up shots from the cameras

The Egypt players being targeted was shown by several close-up shots from the cameras

Salah and his Egypt comrades had lasers shone in their eyes throughout the match

Salah and his Egypt comrades had lasers shone in their eyes throughout the match

Salah and his Egypt comrades had lasers shone in their eyes throughout the match

The Pharaohs went into the second leg of the play-off 1-0 up but Hamdi Fathi’s own goal after just four minutes on Tuesday restored parity in the tie.

Their misery was compounded after they lost a second consecutive penalty shootout to Senegal – who qualified for the tournament in Qatar – with the defeat in Diamniadio coming after their AFCON heartbreak earlier this year. 

But the game was overshadowed by Egypt’s players having to put up with being targeted by lasers from the home supporters, which came to a head when Salah, stepping up in the shootout, had to try and focus amid the distractions.

Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool star blazed the ball well over, the second of four misses in the shootout after Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly failed with the opening spot-kick. 

But eventually Salah’s club team-mate Sadio Mane stuck away the winning penalty to repeat his Cameroon heroics at the start of the year to win the Africa Cup of Nations and send his country through to the winter showpiece.

The game was overshadowed by ugly scenes from the crowd that continued after full time

The game was overshadowed by ugly scenes from the crowd that continued after full time

The game was overshadowed by ugly scenes from the crowd that continued after full time 

The mayhem continued after the game as Salah had to be protected by officials from missiles thrown from the Senegal crowd as he left the pitch

The mayhem continued after the game as Salah had to be protected by officials from missiles thrown from the Senegal crowd as he left the pitch

The mayhem continued after the game as Salah had to be protected by officials from missiles thrown from the Senegal crowd as he left the pitch

Security guards had to cover Salah's head and bat away objects as they quickly whisked him away to the dressing room to safety

Security guards had to cover Salah's head and bat away objects as they quickly whisked him away to the dressing room to safety

Security guards had to cover Salah’s head and bat away objects as they quickly whisked him away to the dressing room to safety

Senegal levelled the tie on the night through an own goal before winning it on penalties

Senegal levelled the tie on the night through an own goal before winning it on penalties

Senegal levelled the tie on the night through an own goal before winning it on penalties

It came in a game in which Salah and his Egypt comrades had lasers shone in their eyes throughout, going into extra-time as well as the penalty shootout.

This was shown by several close-up shots from the cameras revealing that the Egypt players were having green lights flashed over their faces. 

The laser debacle wasn’t the only low point for Salah – as he was also pelted with objects as he left the field at full time. 

Vile scenes showed the Liverpool forward having his head protected by officials as they escorted him into the dressing room, with Senegal supporters appearing to throw missiles at him.

Furious security guards were seen batting the objects away as they quickly whisked Salah down the tunnel during the mayhem. 

The unsavoury clash took another twist as Egypt claimed their team was subject to racist abuse throughout the game – with allegations Senegal players made offensive signs in addition to throwing objects throughout the game. 

Egypt have claimed their players were subjected to racist abuse from Senegal fans

Egypt have claimed their players were subjected to racist abuse from Senegal fans

Egypt have claimed their players were subjected to racist abuse from Senegal fans 

‘The Egypt national team have been exposed to racism with offensive signs in the stands against the Egyptian players in general, and Mohamed Salah in particular,’ said a statement from the country’s FA.

Egypt claimed the team had been subjected to the abuse from the moment they arrived at the stadium after their bus was ‘assaulted’. 

‘The crowd also intimidated the players by throwing bottles and rocks on them during the warm-up.  

‘The Egyptian group’s busses have also been exposed to assaults that led to broken windows and injuries; filed with pictures and videos as proof in the complaint submitted.’ 

Sportsmail has contacted FIFA for comment. 

Egypt were looking to avenge their AFCON final defeat by Senegal, but after the tie was level at 1-1 after 210 minutes of action, it went to another heartbreaking penalty shootout. 

Source: DailyMail Sports

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