Gabaski, the Egyptian goalkeeper, carried a list of all of Senegal’s penalty shooters on his water bottle, but he couldn’t stop his team from losing the shootout.

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After 120 minutes of cagey football, the two teams were unable to distinguish themselves, and the game ended in a dull goalless stalemate.

Gabaski and Chelsea No. 1 Edouard Mendy were then called upon to rise up and be heroes for their respective countries.

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Gabaski, an Egyptian goalkeeper, has previously helped his team win shootouts against Ivory Coast in the last 16 and Cameroon in the semi-finals.

And he was well-prepared for the final, having written down where each Senegal player had placed their previous penalties on his water bottle.

The bottle was deliberately positioned under Gabaski’s towel, with tiny images of where each player likes to put their penalty kicks.

He looked at it before each penalty, but he was only able to save one, as Egypt was defeated 4-3 in the shootout.

Senegal goalkeeper Mendy also only made one stop, but Egypt’s Mohamed Abdelmonem hit the inside of the post and failed to score for the seven-time champions.

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Despite being denied from the spot earlier in the match by Gabaski, Liverpool star Sadio Mane stepped up to convert the winning penalty for Senegal.

Senegal won their first Africa Cup of Nations title after finishing second in 2002 and 2019.

Gabaski’s water bottle antics are not a new phenomenon.


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