President Sisi to receive Egypt players after World Cup success
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 0:23
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.
Egypt, who go four points clear of second-placed Uganda in Group E, will now take their place in next summer's finals, which will be their first appearance in the competition since 1990.
Congo substitute Arnold Bouka Mouto leveled in the 86th minute with a ferocious left-footed volley that stunned Egypt's goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary.
The Liverpool star had broken the deadlock just after the hour on a tense night in Alexandria as he latched on to Mohamed El Nenny's pass before poking home from close range. Here's how much it means to Egyptian fans. During this drought the Pharaohs have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010) but they haven't been able to mirror this success in World Cup qualification.
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Congo (4-2-3-1): Mouko, Badila, Etou, Itoua, Mayembo, N'Dinga, Oniangue, Bahamboula (Ndockyt 84), Bifouma, Saint-Louis (Gandze 90+2), Delarge (Moutou 71).
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.
Their Argentina-born coach Hector Cuper had admitted the pressure to end their absence had seen him take medication for high blood pressure.