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Mohammed Salah Stoppage Time Strike Takes Egypt To 2018 World Cup

09 October, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Christina Hansen
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25-year-old Salah scored twice for Egypt as they beat Congo 2-1 to secure their place at Russian Federation 2018, with his victor coming from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of stoppage time, sparking wild scenes.

Egypt have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, thanks to an injury-time penalty from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah against Congo.

Arnold Bouka Moutou looked to have secured a point for Congo when he leveled matters in the 87th minute.

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The GFA were furious with the conduct of the officials and said television replays had shown it was a " perfect goal ". The result leaves Ghana at third in the Group E with six points behind leaders Egypt and Uganda.

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

Egyptian FA president Hany Abo Rida said the Pharaohs will start their preparations for the 2018 World Cup starting from their upcoming game against Ghana in the final round of the the qualifiers.

Egypt now have a four point lead over Uganda in their group, cementing top spot with just one game left for each side.

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Egypt got a reprieve in added time when substitute Mahmoud Hassan was brought and Salah restored the lead from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way to clinch a place in Russian Federation next year.

Their Argentina-born coach Hector Cuper had admitted the pressure to end their absence had seen him take medication for high blood pressure.

The celebrations nearly got too much for goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

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Egypt have only turned out at the World Cup finals on two previous occasions, in 1934 and 1990.

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