Salah goals take Egypt to 2018 SWC

Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday, making it to the tournament for the first time since 1990.

Salah scored both Egypt's goals, with the second from the spot in the fourth minute of second-half injury time for a dramatic finish in front of a capacity crowd of 30,000 at a military stadium in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

Egypt now tops Group E with 9 points, two more than second place Uganda.

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.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute when he latched on to a through pass from midfielder Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal. Fans honking auto horns and waving Egypt's red, white and black flags took the streets across the country.

The celebrations nearly got too much for goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

In the three decades since their last World Cup appearance, Egypt have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles - in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010 - but never taken that form into World Cup qualifying.

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.

Egypt's coach Hector Cuper has revealed he is ready to face Congo in a major decider despite increasing pressure from nationals for him to prove his worth.

Egypt haven't reached the World Cup finals since 1990, and they were in need for a victory in Alexandria to guarantee their ticket to Russian Federation.

  • Stacy Allen