Salah double fires Egypt to World Cup

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Egypt last qualified for the World Cup in 1990 with the record seven-time African champions suffering numerous heart-breaking failures since.

Here's what the scene looked like in the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria when Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot to book his team's place at Russian Federation 2018.

They are now top of Group E with 12 points, while their closest rivals, Uganda have eight points after being held at home to a goalless draw by Ghana in Kampala on Saturday.

Sisi said the players and technical staff members set an example to follow with their determination, adding that he is waiting for more success from the players in the future.

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Congo substitute Arnold Bouka Mouto leveled in the 86th minute with a ferocious left-footed volley that stunned Egypt's goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary.

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.

The desperation to qualify was so great ahead of the Congo match that Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was taking medication for high blood pressure.

However, the Pharaohs were awarded a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.