Mohamed Salah bags 95th minute victor to send Egypt to World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
October 9, 2017

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

Salah broke the deadlock to put Egypt in control, but Congo hit back two minutes from time through Dijon's Arnold Bouka Moutou.

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

Egypt, though a powerful force in African soccer, have been missing in World Cup tournaments since 1990.

Egypt now have a four-point lead over second=placed Uganda in Group E. Their last appearance at the World Cup came in 1990, when they were drawn against England, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

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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 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.

But in the 95th minute, Egypt were awarded a penalty which Salah converted to send the whole nation into wild jubilation.

Cuper says the challenge to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup ahead of him is so stressful, coupled with pressure from nation to deliver.

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