Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Egypt qualifies for 2018 World Cup after 2-1 win over Congo

Egypt qualifies for 2018 World Cup after 2-1 win over Congo

Mohamed Salah scored from a penalty kick deep into injury time on Sunday to send Egypt to the World Cup and end a near 30-year wait for Africa's most successful team.

Egypt's national team secured the win and qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, which will be held in Russian Federation in 2018.

But on Sunday, October 8, Liverpool's record signing Mohammed Salah ensured Egypt qualified for next year's FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation with a brace in Egypt's win over Congo. In Cairo, an army helicopter dropped hundreds of Egyptian flags on thousands of fans gathered at the city's iconic Tahrir square.

Egypt was the second African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria clinched its place on Saturday.

The home fans were jubilant, knowing a World Cup ticket was theirs, but with two minutes to go Congo drew level - Arnold Bouka ghosting in at the far post to sweep home a volley past El Hadary.

Salah also told Ahram how he had stayed calm amid a frenzied atmosphere when taking the penalty. Nigeria became the first African qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Zambia thanks to a goal from another EPL player, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.

Egypt has become the second African country after Nigeria to secure its place in the FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

The president announced the player's gift on Monday when he met the Argentine coach, Hector Cuper, and the players.

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