Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 SWC

Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 SWC

Javier Howell
October 9, 2017

Mohamed Salah scored the first goal in the 63rd minute of the match while the second goal came after a penalty sending the Pharaohs to the World Cup finals.

Egypt, who go four points clear of second-placed Uganda in Group E, will now take their place in next summer's finals, which will be their first appearance in the competition since 1990.

Three more tickets are left to be picked by other African teams.

Arnold Bouka Moutou was the scorer for Congo late in the game.

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The win sent hundreds of thousands of fans across the soccer-mad country celebrating, honking vehicle horns and waving Egypt's red, white and black flags.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of the North Africans. "This is something you never witness in Egypt", said 23-year-old Gamal Mohamed in downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, the iconic centre of the country's once-active protest movement, which has since been quashed by tough security measures.

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

The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.