Egypt becomes second African country to qualify for the World Cup

Egypt becomes second African country to qualify for the World Cup

For Egypt to make the World Cup, they will have to pray Ghana beats Uganda in Kampala their next Group E clash on Saturday and then win their clash against Congo on Sunday to qualify.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville and a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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

Rarely will the Liverpool player have felt such a sense of pressure with the conversion securing a first World Cup place for the North African nation since competing at Italia 90. Just after the hour mark, Salah latched on to a pass from Arsenal's Mohamed El Nenny before poking home from close range.

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

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They had suffered repeated heart-break instead, with one of the most painful defeats coming in 2009 when losing a bitterly-contested play-off against Algeria.

Egypt becomes the second African team to qualify, after Nigeria, with one more match-day still to come.

Instead, the result sees Egypt return to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

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

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.