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Egypt qualifies for Russian Federation 2018 World Cup after defeating Congo

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Mohamed Salah proved Egypt's hero, scoring twice, including a last-gasp penalty, to send the Pharaohs to their first World Cup finals since 1990 in a dramatic clash on Sunday with Congo.

The victory gives Egypt an unassailable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E, with one round of fixtures left, while Ghana's dreams are also ended.

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

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.

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With the qualification, Egypt became the second African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, with a 2-1 win against Congo in Alexandria.

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

Egypt substitute Mahmoud Hassan was brought down in the box two minutes into injury time and Salah restored Egypt's lead from the spot, using his left foot to find the back of the net and clinch Egypt's 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.

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