Salah Fires Egypt To First World Cup Since 1990

An stoppage-time penalty from Mohamed Salah indeed ensured the Pharaohs qualification for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

The Egyptians become the second African team to reach the finals after Nigeria made it through on Saturday, with the continent's remaining three places to be decided in November.

Congo's equaliser four minutes from time, as Arnold Bouka thumped home, had dampened spirits in Alexandria.

The victory gives Egypt an unassailable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E, with one round of fixtures left, while Ghana's dreams are also ended.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute when he latched on to a through pass from midfielder Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal.

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Former Egypt manager Bob Bradley has congratulated the Pharaohs for reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after beating Congo on Sunday.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated the Egyptian people after the match as tireless fans draped in flags turned the streets into an impromptu parade of red, white and black.

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.

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.

The game looked to be headed for a draw when Egypt were awarded a penalty.

  • Tabitha Byrd