Egypt becomes second African country to qualify for the World Cup

Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDEHector Cuper

It was Salah's second goal of the night in Borg El Arab after Arnold Bouka had netted a late equaliser for Congo.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated the Egyptian people after the match as tireless fans draped in flags turned the streets into an impromptu parade of red, white and black.

The Pharaohs won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but consistently faltered in World Cup qualifying.

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

Congo nearly ruined the party when Arnold Bouka volleyed home to peg back the hosts after Salah's second-half opener.

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The win clinched Egypt a long-awaited spot in Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup finals, where the Arab world's most populous country will compete on football's ultimate stage for the first time since Italy in 1990.

With just three minutes left, Congo equalised through Moutou.

The desperation to qualify ahead of the game was so great that Egypt's Argentinian coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

With the clock ticking down in stoppage time and a victory desperately required, Salah invoked memories of Emad Meteb's famous last-gasp header against Algeria in 2009 when he sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after substitute Mahmoud Trezeguet was hauled down in the area.

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