Mo Salah targeted by pitch invaders in shocking scenes during Egypt vs Sierra Leone game
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Mo Salah was escorted off the pitch by military officers after the Liverpool forward was targeted by pitch invaders during Egypt's World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone.
Rui Vitoria's side recorded a convincing 2-0 win over their Group A opponents on Sunday afternoon, as a brace from former Aston Villa forward Trezeguet sealed their second win of the week.
Sadly though, the result was marred by some unsavoury scenes late on, when a group of opposition supporters invaded the pitch.
As you can see from the footage below, punches were thrown as fans tried to get near Salah and his Egypt teammates, who watched on as chaos played out inside the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Liberia.
Security staff were quick to drag those involved away from the scene and thankfully, nobody was hurt.
🎥 Mohamed Salah almost gets attacked as opposition fans run onto the pitch and surround Salah.pic.twitter.com/wgG5bKrRov— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) November 19, 2023
Look at the security that Salah has around him 🤯pic.twitter.com/sNZcYbWIGJ— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) November 19, 2023
Minutes later and Salah was surrounded by military officers as he made his way down the tunnel.
Pictures and videos of the scene soon emerged on social media and yes, that appears to be a fan wearing a Manchester City shirt.
A moment to the end of the match Several fans invaded the pitch and ran towards Mo Salah.— Yusuf Mafin Sherif 🕊️ (@yusufmafin) November 19, 2023
Egypt defeated Sierra Leone 2-0
Trezeguet brace and Mo Salah Ahmed Mostefa with the assists. #fifawcq2026🔥✍️ pic.twitter.com/4103KrY40I
It has been an eventful few days for Salah, who clashed with an opposition player during Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Djibouti.
The 31-year-old forward, who has scored 16 goals in all competitions for club and country this season, netted four times as they sealed a 6-0 win in their opening game of Group A.
As a result of his efforts, Salah became the all-time leading scorer for Egypt in World Cup qualifiers.
Egypt manager Rui Vitoria believes Salah can play for another four or five years at the top level.
"He has the skills that you can’t lose, the decision-making and game intelligence,” Vitoria told The Athletic in July.
“He’s a fantastic professional. He looks to keep improving to stay at a high level. Sleep, breakfast, the gym — anything and everything.”