Salah Fires Egypt To First World Cup Since 1990

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

They looked on course when Salah put Héctor Cúper's side ahead just after the hour, only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise with his first global goal.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of the North Africans.

Fans and photographers ran onto the field at the Borg El Arab Stadium to celebrate with the Liverpool star, with one even going as far as to pray with the midfielder.

Egypt's victory came on the second last-minute goal to get to the World Cup in as many days, with Costa Rica pulling off the same thing on Saturday. Just after the hour mark, Salah latched on to a pass from Arsenal's Mohamed El Nenny before poking home from close range. During this drought the Pharaohs have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010) but they haven't been able to mirror this success in World Cup qualification.

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Their latest attempt to do so had seen Argentine coach Cuper forced to take medication for high blood pressure.

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 substitute Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the box two minutes into injury time and Salah restored Egypt's lead from the spot, using his left foot to find the back of the net and clinch Egypt's place in Russian Federation next year.

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