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

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

Drogba played with Salah for six months when he returned to Chelsea in 2014 under Jose Mourinho.

They may not be the golden generation of Abu-Trika and Co., and they may not be the current kings of Africa, but they will always be the squad that ended the bitterest drought in the history of Egyptian sport.

It has been a sleepless night in Egypt after the country's national football team secured a slot in the World Cup finals to be held next year in Russian Federation with a 2-1 win over their Congolese counterparts at a military stadium in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.

"I thank you Mohamed", President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Monday in a televised ceremony with the national team. I'm proud I made the Egyptians happy today by scoring today twice against Congo. "He had to convert for us to win".

Egypt needed a win against Congo to secure their spot in Russian Federation next year, with anything less leaving the door open for Uganda to close the gap at the top.

Hector Cuper's Pharaohs went into their penultimate Group E game knowing a win would secure their World Cup progress after Uganda drew with Ghana the night before in Kampala.

Drogba on Twitter to congratulate Salah for ending Egypt's wait for World Cup qualification.

Salah, now impressing in the Premier League at Liverpool, has also spoken of his pride in leading The Pharaohs to their first World Cup in 28 years. The 25-year-old Liverpool winger managed to shoulder this huge responsibility that comes with being his side's attacking spearhead, fulfilling the dream of millions of Egyptians to return to the World Cup.

Several players and fans took to the field to celebrate while supporters wept with joy in the packed stands. Salah slammed the ball left footed into the corner of the net to ensure mayhem at the packed stadium.

Salah will face Manchester United on the 14th in a huge game. He then turned to the capacity crowd of 30,000, gesturing to continue rooting for the team. Up stepped Salah, who held his nerve to make himself a national hero.

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