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Mohamed Salah has missed a crucial penalty shootout kick in the dying stages of Egypt's World Cup play-off final against Senegal.
As the Liverpool forward was lining up the ball, green lasers were shone onto his face from fans in the stands.
People on social media are furious that the the kick was even allowed.
The lasers messed Mo Salah’s sight. He rarely sends his penalties wide pic.twitter.com/HlaiEcDQRb— Eric Njiru (@EricNjiiru) March 29, 2022
The lasers from Senegalese fans on Mo Salah were a disgrace by the way. pic.twitter.com/7lRojVJLqn— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) March 29, 2022
I mean, just look at this. Salah sails his penalty over… and surely anybody would, given the lasers.— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) March 29, 2022
Mane scores, Senegal wins the shootout, Egypt out of the World Cup pic.twitter.com/tgHmCmW8uu
The World Cup play-off final between Egypt and Senegal ended up as a repeat of last month's Africa Cup of Nations final as it took penalties to separate the two sides.
Egypt won the first leg 1-0 but Senegal went ahead inside three minutes through a Hamdi Fathi own goal.
Few chances fell to either side during a cagey affair in Diamniadio and it called for a shootout to settle who was going to Qatar.
Both sides missed their first four penalties, with Kalidou Koulibaly taking Senegal's first and Mohamed Salah taking Egypt's.
Saliou Ciss then fluffed his lines as did Ahmed Sayed before Ismaila Sarr dispatched with confidence.
Amr El Solia knew it was basically sudden death at this point and made no mistake.
Bamba Dieng converted for Aliou Cisse's side before Mostafa Mohamed missed his vital kick.
Sadio Mane broke the heart of Liverpool teammate Salah by putting it away to send Senegal to the World Cup.
But the Egyptian FA has reportedly revealed it will be launching a formal complaint.
A statement reads: “The Egyptian Football Association have lodged a formal complaint against its Senegalese counterpart to the match observer, the security official, CAF, and FIFA, before the start of the match between the two teams.
“The Egyptian team was subjected to racism after the appearance of offensive banners in the stands aimed at the players, specifically Mohamed Salah.
“Moreover the Senegalese fans terrorized the Egyptian players by throwing bottles and stones at them during the warm-up, as well as attacking the Egyptian team bus, which caused glass shattering and some injuries, which was documented with pictures and videos attached to the complaint.”