Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 SWC

Ibrahim Salah

Egypt has qualified for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation after beating Republic of Congo 2-1 at home on Sunday.

Egypt haven't reached the World Cup finals since 1990, and they were in need for a victory in Alexandria to guarantee their ticket to Russian Federation.

Here's what the scene looked like in the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria when Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot to book his team's place at Russian Federation 2018.

With one game to play they top African Group E by four points, and are the second team from the African qualifiers to book their ticket to Russian Federation after Nigeria.

After a 0-0 first half, Salah eventually calmed the Egyptian fans nerves by breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute.

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But after Sharma and Rahane went back home, the Indian skipper also followed the trail soon enough as he failed to deliver. They were in a good position for the longest time before they succumbed to the pressure and couldn't get over the line.

Arnold Bouka Moutou was the scorer for Congo late in the game.

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. In that time, Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations on four occasions, including three titles in a row between 2006 and 2010.

A seven-time African champion and the continent's most successful team, Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 in Italy.

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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