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

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ALEXAN­DRIA - 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.

Reuters

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