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Two-goal Salah sends Egypt to World Cup with last-gasp penalty
October 8, 2017 / 7:11 PM / in 9 days

Two-goal Salah sends Egypt to World Cup with last-gasp penalty

Fans celebrate a goal in a soccer match against Congo that could see Egypt qualifying for the World Cup, in Cairo, Egypt October 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) - Mohamed Salah scored with a last-gasp penalty to book Egypt a place in the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years as they edged Congo 2-1 in their dramatic Group E qualifier on Sunday.

The Liverpool striker’s two goals put Egypt four points clear with one match left in the preliminary campaign.

Salah had given his side a 63rd minute lead even though Egypt still looked tentative in a tense match with opponents who had yet to win a match at the bottom of the group.

A defensive blunder had let in Salah, to the relief of the home crowd, but Egypt’s dreams threatened to turn into a nightmare when Arnold Bouka Moutou equalised, firing past 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary with three minutes left.

The home side, though, won a 95th minute penalty which Salah converted to secure the trip to Russia -- Egypt’s first appearance at the finals since 1990 in Italy.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ian Chadband

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