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He could’ve scored six: Salah shines for Egypt

Mohamed Salah

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah celebrates defeating Congo during the 2018 World Cup group E qualifying soccer match in Alexandria, Egypt. Emboldened by his global star power, Salah has said out loud what many of his Egyptian teammates have been saying in private for weeks: Failure by the national federation to enforce discipline and stop meddling by sponsors was mostly to blame for the Pharaohs’ miserable World Cup run in Russia. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)


Mohamed Salah had a night.

Returning to Egypt for the first time since the World Cup, Salah scored twice and added two assists in a 6-0 win over Niger in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. He also missed two penalties, converted the rebound of one.

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The video doesn’t lie: The Egyptian superstar probably could’ve scored as many as six goals (and Niger’s defense was terrible). That estimate may even be conservative.

It started with Salah missing a first minute penalty, but this video shows just how dominant of a performance was put forth by the Liverpool star. Regardless of opponent, it should be eye-opening for those who think his incredible season with the Reds was simply a product of Jurgen Klopp’s system.

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