Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Salah double fires Egypt to World Cup

Salah double fires Egypt to World Cup

Egypt has become the second African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation after defeating Congo at Borg El Arab Stadium.

Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E with one round of fixtures remaining.

The country last qualified for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Sisi said the players and technical staff members set an example to follow with their determination, adding that he is waiting for more success from the players in the future.

Salah opened the scoring in the 63rd minute on Sunday evening, but his effort was cancelled out by Arnold Bouka Moutou two minutes from the end of regular time. In Cairo, an army helicopter dropped hundreds of Egyptian flags on thousands of fans gathered at the city's iconic Tahrir square.

The win sent hundreds of thousands of fans across the soccer-mad country celebrating, honking vehicle horns and waving Egypt's red, white and black flags.

Egypt was arguably Africa's best team during the 1990s and 2000s, despite never making the World Cup.

But Congo threatened to turn party-poopers as substitute Moutou, a France-based defender, beat 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary from inside the box.

Egypt got a reprieve in added time when substitute Mahmoud Hassan was brought and Salah restored the lead from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way to clinch a place in Russian Federation next year.

The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

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