Mo Salah’s late penalty gives Egypt first World Cup qualification since 1990

Mo Salah’s late penalty gives Egypt first World Cup qualification since 1990

- Egypt have qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 27 years

- Mohammed Salah's brace against Congo ensured qualification

- The Pharaohs became the second African team to qualify after Nigeria

Liverpool’s record signing Mohammed Salah ensured Egypt qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia with a brace in Egypt's 2 - 1 over Congo on Sunday, October 8.

The Pharaohs now top their group ahead of Congo and Ghana with one game to spare.

Mo Salah celebrating a goal for Egypt
Source: Reuters

Mo Salah celebrating a goal for Egypt. Source: Guardian

The former Chelsea man smashed home from 12-yards to beat Congo 2-1 with just seconds of injury time to spare.

The seven times African Champions had not reached football's biggest fiesta since Italian 1990 but are now guaranteed a place in Russia with a game to spare, thanks to the Anfield favourite.

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Uganda and the black stars of Ghana drew on Saturday, which meant all the Pharaohs needed to do was to beat Congo in Alexandria.

Mo Salah’s late penalty gives Egypt first World Cup qualification since 1990

Salah celebrates after the match against Congo. Photo: KingFut

They looked on course when Salah put Héctor Cúper’s side ahead just after the hour, only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise with his first international goal, , firing past 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary with three minutes left.

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But a late penalty from Salah ensured Egypt will be in Russia, making them the second African nation to qualify after Nigeria’s victory over Zambia on Saturday.

The egyptian talisman had already enjoyed a brilliant September with a recent double by scooping Liverpool's Player of the Month and Goal of the Month awards for September.

And October has started off pretty well for the former AS Roma forward as he has secured his place on the grandest stage in the summer.

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