Jubilation in Egypt after first World Cup berth in 28 years

Oct 09, 2017, 00:24
Jubilation in Egypt after first World Cup berth in 28 years

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 worldwide goal.

With the qualification, Egypt became the second African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, with a 2-1 win against Congo in Alexandria. In Cairo, an army helicopter dropped hundreds of Egyptian flags on thousands of fans gathered at the city's iconic Tahrir square. Fans honking vehicle horns and waving Egypt's red, white and black flags took the streets across the country.

But the Egyptians' World Cup hoodoo ended as Salah held his nerve late on.

Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the World Cup after defeating Zambia on Saturday.

With just three minutes left, Congo equalised through Moutou.

Egypt was arguably Africa's best team during the 1990s and 2000s, despite never making the World Cup.

Egypt's coach Hector Cuper has revealed he is ready to face Congo in a major decider despite increasing pressure from nationals for him to prove his worth.

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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