Salah sends Egypt to World Cup after 27-year wait

He made his international debut over two decades ago. Egypt's Essam El Hadary can finally celebrate qualifying for the FIFA World Cup

The Congolese almost ruined Egypt's World Cup hopes, after Boukah Moulou cancelled Mohammed Salah's 64th minute goal in the 87th minute.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of the North Africans. Here's how much it means to Egyptian fans.

Unused subs: Kifoueti, Kibamba, Bissiki, Dore, Illoy-Ayyet, Pambou, Avounou, Mafoumbi, Baudry.

The euphoria was intense since Arnold Bouka-Moutou had stunned the hosts when equalising for Congo after 88 minutes.

A win or draw for Ghana's Black Stars in Kampala, with maximum points for Egypt in Alexandria means that Cuper's side will guarantee their place to next summer's finals in Russian Federation with a game to spare.

A scoreless first half raised the nerves in Alexandria but Salah's first of the night put one Egyptian foot in Russian Federation.

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. Just after the hour mark, Salah latched on to a pass from Arsenal's Mohamed El Nenny before poking home from close range.

In the three decades since their last World Cup appearance, Egypt have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles - in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010 - but never taken that form into World Cup qualifying.

Their Argentina-born coach Hector Cuper had admitted the pressure to end their absence had seen him take medication for high blood pressure.

The Pharaohs were awarded a penalty in stoppage-time and the 25-year-old stepped up and converted from the spot to send the Borg El Arab Stadium into ecstatic celebration.

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