Thanks to Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Egypt Qualifies for World Cup

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Congo's equaliser four minutes from time, as Arnold Bouka thumped home, had dampened spirits in Alexandria.

Egypt scored a 95th-minute penalty to beat Congo 2-1 and so reach the World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century.

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

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.

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.

Their latest attempt to do so had seen Argentine coach Cuper forced to take medication for high blood pressure.

Nigeria were the first African country to qualify for the tournament after they defeated Zambia on Saturday.

With one game to play they top African Group E by four points, and are the second team from the African qualifiers to book their ticket to Russian Federation after Nigeria.

"It's been 28 years and we're finally going to enter the World Cup". With other pool sides Uganda and Ghana meeting 24 hours earlier in Kampala, it could be a decisive day for The Pharaohs, whose last FIFA World Cup appearance dates back to 1990 in Italia.

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