Two goals, two assists & two missed pens – Salah has day to remember

It’s not often that a player scores twice and adds two assists in a 6-0 win and walks out having left plenty on the table, but that’s just what happened to Mohamed Salah on Saturday.¬†

Just one minute into Egypt’s African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Niger, the Liverpool man had a penalty saved.¬†

He atoned soon after, setting up¬†Marwan Mohsen for Egypt’s opener, with Egypt adding a second through¬†Ayman Ashraf.

Salah found himself at the penalty spot again near the half-hour mark, but was once again denied by Niger goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly. 

This time though, the Liverpool man tapped home the rebound to give the Pharaohs a comfortable 3-0 lead. 

Egypt’s fourth of the night saw Salah set up¬†Salah Mohsen, with the 26-year-old scoring with his head to make it 5-0 on the night.¬†

Arsenal’s¬†Mohamed Elneny netted the final goal of the night as Egypt cruised, opening the¬†Mario Aguirre era in style.¬†

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Shaw ‘doing fine’ after being carted off following Carvajal collision

Luke Shaw has said he is “doing fine” after he was carted off the field early in the second half of the UEFA Nations League match between England and Spain following a collision with Dani Carvajal.

In the 47th minute of the contest, the left-back was retreating toward the sideline to track a long ball hit by Sergio Ramos and slammed into Carvajal. Falling forward, Shaw’s head appeared to strike the turf.

Shaw was down for several minutes as he was attended to by the medical staff, during which time an oxygen mask was applied.

The defender was eventually loaded onto a stretcher and carted off the field with Danny Rose inserted as his replacement.

“He took one on the initial challenge, but it looked like his head then struck the ground as he fell,” Gary Neville said on Sky Sports.¬†

“It was a double impact.

“The initial challenge was clumsy, but it was the fall to the ground that caused Luke Shaw the big problem.”

Posting on Twitter, the player wrote: “Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands.¬†I’m a fighter so I will be back soon.”

Manager Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, indicated that no risks will be taken over the former Southampton man.

“He’s sat up in the dressing room and talking and seems fairly comfortable,” he said. “We’ll have to assess him overnight and tomorrow.

“It’s difficult to tell whether he was unconscious. We’ll go through some tests. It was a nasty fall and collision. We won’t take any chances with his health.”

The left-back had undergone an early season renaissance with Manchester United after struggling to maintain a place in Jose Mourinho’s side.

This season, he has been one of the few players consistently earning plaudits in an up and down start for the Red Devils.

Mourinho was on hand to see Shaw’s good times continue¬†in the early going of the match against Spain, as he picked up an assist on Marcus Rashford’s opener which gave the Three Lions an early edge.

On Shaw’s overall display as he won a first international cap for 18 months, the England manager added: “It’s a¬†great¬†contribution for the goal and it’s a big thing. We’ve thrown him in after a few games of the season.

“We’ve got quite a few players who are short of fitness and short of a bit of sharpness. To come into a game like that after so long out of the international scene is as tough a test as you can have

“That balance of having a¬†left footer, with him and Danny [Rose], was an advantage in several situations.”

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo saw Spain move back on top in the clash at Wembley, which finished 2-1. 

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Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Zidane has Man Utd shortlist

Former Aston Villa and Chelsea defender John Terry has told the Daily Mail that he is not ready to call time on his career just yet. 

Terry, 37, is currently a free agent after spending one season at Villa, and says he has four offers on the table, including one from a Premier League team. 

“I’m still hungry to go and play if everything around it is right,” said the former England international.

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