George Weah celebrates as Newcastle midfielder scores vital World Cup qualifying goal – Video
George Weah was crowned FIFA World Player of The Year back in 1995.
A stellar career seeing him win league titles in France and Italy, later turning out briefly for Man City and Chelsea in the twilight of his career.
Later moving into politics after retiring from football, he is now President of Liberia
However, on Wednesday night he was powerless to affect things on the pitch in his country’s vital World Cup qualifier.
It is the first round of qualification and Liberia were facing a two-leg play-off to try and reach the second round group stage next year for African countries.
Last night was the first leg, with an away leg against Sierra Leone on Sunday.
Liberia took a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot, only for Sierra Leone to win a spot-kick of their own and equalise on 55 minutes.
Moving into the final 10 minutes things didn’t look great for Liberia, only for a third penalty to be awarded.
In such a high pressure moment, a big surprise to see Liberia rely on a 20 year old Newcastle United reserve midfielder.
Mo Sangare only made his international debut in March and is yet to feature at all for Newcastle’s first team, yet he was given the responsibility. As you can see below, what a cool head. The Newcastle man confidently tucking away the penalty to set off wild celebrations in the big crowd, celebrations led by George Weah.
An 88th minute final goal of the game then sends Liberia into a 3-1 lead ahead of Sunday’s decisive second-leg.
A big well done though to Mo Sangare in the meantime, great to see a young Newcastle player doing so well.
(Go to 6.30 for the Mo Sangare goal)
Newcastle United players on international duty:
Wednesday 4 September
Liberia 3 Sierra Leone 1 – World Cup Qualifier First round First leg(Mo Sangare)
Thursday 5 September
Japan v Paraguay – Friendly (Miguel Almiron)
Faroes v Sweden – Euro Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
Republic of Ireland v Switzerland – Euro Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
Friday 6 September
Slovakia v Croatia – Euro Qualifier (Martin Dubravka)
Sunday 8 September
Sweden v Norway – Euro Qualifier (Emil Krafth)
Switzerland v Gibraltar – Euro Qualifier (Fabian Schar)
Sierra Leone v Liberia – World Cup Qualifier First Round Second leg (Mo Sangare)
Monday 9 September
Hungary v Slovakia Euro Qualifier (Martin Dubravka)
Tuesday 10 September
Jordan v Paraguay – Friendly (Miguel Almiron)
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