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‘His ego took over’ – Mo Salah slammed by ex-Liverpool star for wanting fifth penalty of decisive Afcon final shootout


DANNY MURPHY has criticised Mo Salah after he missed out on the chance to take a penalty in the Afcon final shootout.

Instead, his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane stepped up to score Senegal’s fourth penalty to win the game.

Mo Salah did not get the opportunity to take a penalty as Egypt lost 4-2 in the shootout

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Mo Salah did not get the opportunity to take a penalty as Egypt lost 4-2 in the shootoutCredit: Getty
Sadio Mane claimed the glory instead as he scored Senegal's winning spot-kick

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Sadio Mane claimed the glory instead as he scored Senegal’s winning spot-kickCredit: Getty

Murphy believes Salah was swayed by the idea of potentially scoring the winner penalty – but his plan backfired massively.

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And he argues the Egyptian King should have been first up to the spot instead.

Murphy said on talkSPORT: “I think ego takes over when you want to take the fifth. Instead of thinking, ‘what is best for the team?’

“I don’t think you should ever take the fifth. I remember what Carra (Jamie Carragher) is talking about when (Cristiano) Ronaldo missed out.

“I’ve heard people come on the show, who have written books about taking penalties and have done podcasts on taking penalties.

“None of them have taken penalties in big games and understood it. Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanence so if you’re practicing the right thing that’s fine.

“But you can’t recreate pressure, it is impossible and you can’t recreate what the keeper is going to do.

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“Your best penalty taker shouldn’t be fifth – that I do agree on. So many times you don’t get a fifth penalty.”

Carragher also slammed Salah for the decision to wait to take a penalty.

The Sky Sports pundit wrote on Twitter: “That is why your best penalty taker should never go fifth.

“Mo Salah not taking a penalty for Egypt in a shootout in a final is madness. Also happened to Ronaldo years ago for Portugal v Spain.”

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