Salah double fires Egypt to World Cup

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Egyptians celebrated the 2018 World Cup Qualification for the first time since 1990 after beating Congo 2-1 on Sunday, October 8.

The second goal came in the last minute.

"Tears were rolling from the eyes of everyone; the players, the staff on the bench, the security officers", Mazhar tells CNN.

Victory meant Egypt had extended its qualifying group lead to 4 points.

"I believe Algeria underestimated them and we dare not make the same mistake".

Uganda, who drew 0-0 with Ghana on Saturday, are second in the group with eight points and with only one 2018 World Cup qualifying game to go.

Misairy said the general performance of the players was still "humble", but he still vowed to go to Russian Federation to support the Egyptian team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

It's the first time Egypt have made the worldwide tournament since 1990 in Italy.

They have never won a game at that level, so there is the chance for history to be made in 2018. "And then Mohammed Salah stepped up". While several players and fans took to the field to celebrate, supporters wept with joy in the packed stands of the Borg El Arab stadium in Alexandria.

"Although I am not a zealous soccer fan, victory tastes lovely, especially since I had not yet been born when Egypt last joined the World Cup", she said with a smile.

When goalkeeper and captain Essam El-Hadary made his worldwide debut in 1996, a number of his current teammates weren't even born. "Today is a day of celebration for the entire country", said 41-year-old Gaber Fathy in the capital.

Speaking to this week before the winning game, Hadary said: "I did nearly everything in my footballing career".

But the "Carthage Eagles" have a woeful record in Conakry, losing four previous World Cup qualifiers in the west African coastal city.

"I'm very happy in Egypt".

"I know that some people want us to score more goals and avoid the kind of situations where we are under pressure but football is not always like that".

Twelve hours after the final whistle, much of Cairo's population still hasn't slept.

Three African tickets are still up for grabs in groups A, C and D. Winners will emerge during the next worldwide break between 10-14 of November, 2017.